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Agreement at COP26 possible, but not certain – Minister Ryan

Minister for Climate and Environment Eamon Ryan has said an agreement at COP26 in Glasgow “is possible, but not certain” as negotiations run beyond deadline.

“It’s very important that there’s the potential for an agreement which would help us to keep 1.5-degrees alive and stop the most dangerous climate change, but we’re not there yet,” he said.

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“We can’t agree a deal that doesn’t meet the science, that goes without saying. I think it’s possible but it’s not certain. It may run into tomorrow . . . there’s nothing certain yet.”

The Green Party leader was speaking as delegates from almost 200 countries discussed the latest agreement draft.

Divisions remain on a number of issues – including financial support for poorer countries and phasing out subsidies for coal and oil.

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“One of the key issues in getting an agreement I think will be how we help developing countries, poorer countries, and I think Ireland has a role to play in that,” Ryan said.

IMAGE – “Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0/Wikimedia Commons

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