Boris Johnson needs to “get off the sun lounger and start being a statesman” with less than three weeks to go before the Cop26 global climate change summit in Glasgow, Ed Miliband will say on Wednesday. With Johnson on holiday in Spain, the shadow business secretary will say the UK is in danger of allowing “greenwashing” at Cop26, with insufficient pledges from countries across the world so far to make the summit a success. Speaking at a Green Alliance event, the former Labour leader will ask why there is little public clarity on what Johnson is hoping to achieve at Cop26, with the government having failed to put forward its net zero strategy for the UK so far and stalling “miles away from where it needs to be” on international pledges. Johnson has been making calls to world leaders on their Cop26 climate action from his holiday villa in Marbella, which was loaned to him by the environment minister and Tory peer Zac Goldsmith. He spoke to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, on Monday. However, Miliband said the government needed to put more effort into getting world leaders to promise big emissions reductions before the summit, which it is hosting for two weeks from 31 October.
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Current plans to cut global carbon emissions will fall 60% short of their 2050 net zero target, the International Energy Agency has said, as it urged leaders to use the upcoming Cop26 climate conference to send an “unmistakable signal” with concrete policy plans. In its annual World Energy Outlook, redesigned this year as a “guidebook” for world leaders attending the summit in Glasgow, the IEA predicted that carbon emissions would decrease by just 40% by the middle of the century if countries stick to their climate pledges. The organisation said the difference between current plans and the change necessary to reach the net zero target was “stark”, requiring up to $4tn (£2.94tn) in investment over the next decade alone to bridge the divide. The IEA’s executive director Fatih Birol told the Guardian that major economies recovering from Covid-19 were already missing the opportunity to spur investment in clean energy.
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Boris Johnson has grown used to pressuring other world leaders on the importance of reducing emissions. But the tables were turned on the prime minister after he was asked to respond to footage of six child activists detailing the extent of the climate emergency in their countries. Speaking in the run-up to the Cop26 summit hosted by the UK in Glasgow in November, Johnson told the activists that “messages like yours leave me more determined than ever to bring about the change our planet needs and the progress that your generation deserves”. As part of a 30-minute Sky Kids documentary, Cop26: In Your Hands, that will air on October 18, teenagers from six continents spoke about the effects of climate change in their home countries.
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China, Russia, Australia and other G20 countries were urged to “step up” efforts to tackle climate change before the Cop26 conference. Alok Sharma, chairman of the meeting in Glasgow, said that leaders of the world’s biggest economies must not treat it as a “photo op or a talking shop” and should instead fulfil promises they made in July to set out ambitious emissions reduction targets for 2030. The Prince of Wales joined the diplomatic effort yesterday by launching a charm offensive to persuade some of China’s biggest companies to join his environmental initiatives and take stronger action on climate change.
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AN EXPERT in global climate law has warned that COP26 will be a “missed opportunity” if no co-ordinated action is brought forward in Glasgow to ensure big polluters are held to account for their emissions.
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