COP26: New draft weakens language on fossil fuel phaseout

Talks may overrun past Friday

Pedro Gonçalves
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New draft agreement walks a fine line between the demands of developing and richer nations
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New draft agreement walks a fine line between the demands of developing and richer nations

The latest version of the COP26 draft agreement, published this Friday (12 November), retains an unprecedented reference to fossil fuels, but has softened the language after a fierce campaign from major coal, oil and gas producers to have it removed entirely.

But the substance in this draft is weaker than the previous one, using watered down language, some of which can be open to interpretation. The first draft of the "cover decision" for the overarching...

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