Sharp divisions between the major global emitters have emerged at a series of meetings designed to make progress on climate change. India lambasted the richer world’s carbon cutting plans, calling long term net zero targets, “pie in the sky.” Their energy minister said poor nations want to continue using fossil fuels and the rich countries “can’t stop it”. China meanwhile declined to attend a different climate event organised by the UK.
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The government has said there are no plans to postpone a crucial climate change summit, despite reports it could be delayed for a second time. The UN meeting in Glasgow was due to take place in 2020, but was rescheduled for November this year. Sky News reported that concerns over the worsening Covid pandemic in parts of the world could force organisers to delay or radically change it. The event could be pushed back to 2022, the channel said. Sources in Downing Street and the Scottish administration were adamant that no decision had been made on a further delay to the conference.
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The UK Government has denied claims that the UN Climate Change Conference (Cop26), expected to take place in Glasgow, could be postponed.
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Fears are mounting that the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow could be watered down, turned into a virtual event or even postponed again amid concerns about a third wave of the pandemic. The Government insisted it was “working on the basis of COP26 being held in person this November” after reports that the meeting, which is due to host delegates from nearly every country in the world, may need to be pushed back. However, it raised doubts about the event, adding that the Government is “closely monitoring the situation”.
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Glasgow climate summit could fall victim to virus for second time. Fight against global warming cannot wait, Boris Johnson is warned, as COP26 event faces another postponement due to pandemic.
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The world’s richest G7 group of countries must double the amount of finance they are offering to poor countries to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the impacts of climate breakdown to make vital climate talks this year a success, the UN has said. As part of that commitment, the G7 countries should meet their targets of providing 0.7% of their GDP in overseas aid, said Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the UN. Speaking at a conference of ministers held online on Wednesday by the UK, which is hosting the Cop26 UN climate summit this November in Glasgow, she said finance would be key to success at the talks.
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Climate progress ‘impossible’ unless rich countries meet funding promises to most vulnerable, says UK minister. Two summits held on Wednesday saw countries debating key environment issues ahead of Cop26.
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Edinburgh is to host a four-day TED summit to discuss climate change ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. Politicians and scientists from around the world will gather in Scotland’s Capital later this year for the TED summit to discuss solutions to climate change. The Countdown Summit aims to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and work towards reaching net-zero by 2050.
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