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COP26: ‘Moment of truth’ as world meets for climate summit

COP26: ‘Moment of truth’ as world meets for climate summit

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Getty ImagesThe highly anticipated COP26 climate change summit begins later in the Scottish city of Glasgow.Delegates from about 200 countries will be there to announce how they will cut emissions by 2030 and help the planet. With the world warming because of fossil fuel emissions caused by humans, scientists warn that urgent action is needed to avoid a climate catastrophe.UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the summit will be the "world's moment of truth".Speaking before the two-week conference, he urged leaders to make the most of it: "The question everyone is asking is whether we seize this moment or let it slip away."Simple guide to climate changeWhy the COP26 climate summit is importantLatest as pivotal climate change summit beginsCOP26 President Alok Sharma said agreement would be "...
Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge

Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has approved a cut to the environment ministry budget a day after he vowed to boost spending to tackle deforestation.At a US-led climate summit, he promised to double the money reserved for environmental enforcement and to end illegal deforestation by 2030.But the budget signed off on Friday did not include his spending pledge, or additional proposals made by Congress.His government has weakened protections and wants to develop protected areas.Critics say the president's promises on Thursday were linked to a controversial deal Brazil is negotiating with the US to receive financial aid in return for protecting the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, and other areas.Illegal Amazon rainforest plots sold on FacebookAmazon under threat: Fires, loggers and v...
COP26: Greta Thunberg says Glasgow summit should be postponed

COP26: Greta Thunberg says Glasgow summit should be postponed

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Greta Thunberg has told the BBC she does not plan to attend the UN climate conference due to be held in Glasgow this November.The 18-year-old Swedish climate campaigner is concerned about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on attendance at COP26.She believes the summit should be postponed.She says the UK government, which is hosting the summit, should wait until global vaccination rates have risen.The summit will bring together world leaders with the aim of agreeing a plan to tackle climate change.Government has 'no plans' to delay climate summitCOP26: What, where, when?Who is Greta Thunberg and what does she want?Bishops would welcome Pope to COP26 climate summitMs Thunberg's decision is likely to be a significant blow for the UK government.The activist has attended every major climat...
John Kerry: UK climate summit is world’s ‘last best chance’

John Kerry: UK climate summit is world’s ‘last best chance’

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US climate envoy John Kerry has told the BBC a UN climate summit in the UK this November is "the last best chance" to avert the worst environmental consequences for the world.He said years were lost on the climate issue under President Donald Trump, "who didn't believe in any of it".Dozens of world leaders will attend the COP26 conference in Glasgow.Mr Kerry spoke as President Joe Biden signed a flurry of executive orders designed to address climate change.His latest edicts include a freeze on new oil and gas leases on public lands and set out to double offshore wind-produced energy by 2030.Mr Biden - who re-entered the US into the 2016 Paris climate accord in one of his first acts as president - said America must lead the response to the crisis.Biden's first act sets ambitious climate ton...
Coal mine go-ahead ‘undermines climate summit’

Coal mine go-ahead ‘undermines climate summit’

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