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COP26 surpasses deadline as leaders make final push for climate action

After two weeks of talks at the COP26 climate summit, discussions are still underway by world leaders in an attempt to make a final push to secure commitments that would limit global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

The talks, which are being held in Glasgow, were scheduled to end yesterday but a deal is expected to be made later today.

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Yesterday, a draft of the final deal requires countries to set tougher climate pledges for next year to bridge the gap between current targets and more extreme emissions cuts that scientists say are necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

COP26 President Alok Sharma stated, “We have come a long way over the past two weeks and now we need that final injection of that ‘can-do’ spirit, which is present at this COP, so we get this shared endeavour over the line”.

Mr. Sharma added that a draft of the agreement would be released this morning to spark the last round of talks.

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The predominant aim of the meeting will be to keep within the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels which scientists say is necessary to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

The current pledges were criticised by researchers who said the world’s temperatures would soar far beyond the 1.5C limit which would bring about extreme sea level rises, droughts, storms and wildfires.

The new draft will try to take in the demands of the most climate-vulnerable nations, the world’s biggest polluters and countries whose fossil fuel exports are vital to their economies.

IMAGE – Gage Skidmore/”PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020″ by DFID – UK

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