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Climate pledges are hollow without phasing out fossil fuels – UN Chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stated that climate pledges without the phasing out of fossil fuels are “hollow”.

As COP26 enters its final days, negotiators are talking through the complex elements of a deal that could be agreed upon by approximately 200 countries.

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The climate goal is to limit global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels which is in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement.

However, negotiators are currently dealing with a range of inter-connected issues related to the goal which includes the increased finance to help countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Guterres urged negotiators to “pick up the pace” while saying that “The announcements here in Glasgow are encouraging -– but they are far from enough”.

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“Promises ring hollow when the fossil fuels industry still receives trillions in subsidies.”

COP26 President Alok Sharma warned that time was running out to reach an agreement before the summit ends tomorrow.

IMAGE – “UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antón” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by US Mission Geneva

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