The world’s poorest countries say they are worried about getting to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November. Twenty are on the UK’s Covid red list – meaning hotel quarantine for arrivals. They say the fortnight-long talks may involve being away for seven weeks as they will also have to isolate on return. And they warn that flights from Pacific islands have virtually stopped and that some transit hubs are refusing non-residents. The warning comes from the group made up of the world’s 46 poorest countries which are on the United Nations’ list of Least Developed Countries (LDC). The 20 countries that are also on the UK’s foreign travel red list include Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Nepal.
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In an unprecedented action, the leaders of three of the world’s main Christian faiths have spoken out less than two months before the crucial UN Glasgow climate talks begin, issuing a joint appeal to safeguard the future of the planet. Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have, for the first time, come together to plead for everyone to “choose life” and head off environmental catastrophe.
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Boris Johnson is planning to convene last-ditch climate talks with the president of China, Xi Jinping, at a crunch meeting of world leaders later this month, in hopes of breaking the global impasse on climate action before the Cop26 climate summit being hosted in Glasgow this November. Xi will be invited, along with the leaders of about 30 other countries, to a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York on 20 September, the Guardian has learned.
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Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow must see a dramatic change in attitudes – Scotsman comment. 50 days to Cop26: “What did you do in the Great War against Climate Change?” It is a question that future generations may well ask us in years to come. Professor Paul Ekins, an economist at University College London, recently warned our situation was “absolutely desperate” with current plans to reduce production of fossil fuels “nowhere near” meeting the Paris Agreement targets. Over the course of the 50 days until Cop26, The Scotsman will be attempting to explore the issues raised by threat of dangerous climate change. But one thing is clear: it’s time for the public to make politicians feel the metaphorical heat or future generations will suffer consequences that are terrifyingly real. And we are far from alone in this belief.
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