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COP26 Pressure mounts as climate summit enters the final hours: Live | Climate Crisis News

COP26: Pressure mounts as climate summit enters final hours: Live | Climate Crisis News


COP26 countries remain at odds over many issues, including how rich nations should compensate poorer ones.

Negotiators at the United Nations COP26 climate crisis conference in Glasgow continue to bargain on how to stop catastrophic climate change on the summit’s final day.

After almost two weeks of negotiations, nearly 200 countries at COP26 are still at odds over a variety of issues. These include how rich nations must compensate poor nations for the damage caused by climate-driven catastrophes and how often countries should be required update their emissions pledges.

Friday’s new draft agreement, while still requiring countries to make tougher climate pledges next years, contained weaker language than the one before it. It asked nations to end subsidies for fossil fuels which are the primary man-made cause global warming.

Protesters continued to gather outside the COP26 venue, urging for a stronger agreement.

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Reaching agreement is ‘personal’: EU Climate chief

The European Union’s climate chief says clinching an agreement is a “personal” issue for negotiators at the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow because it will affect the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Frans Timmermans shared with fellow negotiators that he had seen a photo of his grandson on Friday.

“If we succeed, he’ll be living in a world that’s livable,” Timmermans said. “If we fail, and I mean fail now in the next couple of years, he will fight with other human beings for water and food. That’s the stark reality we face.”

Fossil fuel subsidies ‘definition of insanity’: US

US climate envoy John Kerry said spending fortunes on fossil fuel subsidies was “the definition of insanity” as marathon COP26 talks inch towards a final reckoning.

Kerry said trillions of dollars have been spent on subsidies “in the last five or six years. That is the definition of insanity.”

“We’re the largest oil and gas producer in the world. We have some of those subsidies,” he said.

“Those subsidies have to go.”

EU declares that COP26 must send a signal to stop fossil fuel subsidies

Frans Timmermans (EU climate policy chief) said Friday that the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit should send a clear message to stop fossil fuel subsidies.

“The COP must also send a clear signal about our commitment to halt fossil fuel subsidies and finally turn the page on coal,” he told the summit in Glasgow.

“We need to make sure major emitters reduce their emissions so we keep 1.5 alive. That needs to be at the heart of our conclusions today,” he added to applause from the hall.

Climate activists protest during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference at Glasgow on November 12, 2021 [Andy Buchanan/AFP]

Feature: Is nuclear power the best way to combat climate change?

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), draws to a close, countries are preparing to spend more money on decarbonizing their economies. The debate over nuclear energy’s role in achieving net-zero targets continues.

Al Jazeera Digital’s Managing Business Editor Patricia Sabga sat down with Allison Macfarlane, the former head of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to explore the pros and cons of countries building more nuclear power plants to try and save the planet.

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