Nations reach climate deal at COP26 summit

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Nations reach climate deal at COP26 summit

Diplomats from nearly 200 nations struck a deal Saturday aimed at boosting efforts to combat climate change, but only after a last-minute bid by India and China to weaken efforts to reduce coal emissions.

The final day of talks at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, produced gripes from some negotiators who contended the pact wasn’t strong enough to prevent global warming – but that it was better than nothing.

However, some countries, including small island states, said they were deeply disappointed by the revisions submitted by India and China – among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas – to “phase down” instead of “phase out” coal power, the top source of these harmful emissions.

Aminath Shauna, the Maldives’ minister of environment, climate change and technology, told the summit “the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees is a death sentence for us,” according to the Washington Post.

Maldives Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aminath Shauna speaks to delegates during day five of COP26 at SECC on November 3, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Maldives Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology Aminath Shauna speaks to delegates during day five of COP26 at SECC on Nov. 3, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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“What is balanced and pragmatic to other parties will not help the Maldives adapt in time. It will be too late.”

The draft agreement says big carbon polluting nations must come back and submit stronger emissions-cutting pledges by the end of 2022.

With Post wires.

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