COP26: World leaders agree climate change deal but coal phaseout text 'watered down'

China and India stymied commitment to end coal use and fossil fuel subsidies

Pedro Gonçalves
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Alok Sharma said China and India need to ‘justify’ watered down Glasgow COP26 coal pledge
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Alok Sharma said China and India need to ‘justify’ watered down Glasgow COP26 coal pledge

Last minute objections from India and China halted a commitment to end coal use and subsidies for fossil fuels as countries reached a deal on the climate crisis to keep within reach the goal of limiting global heating to 1.5ºC.

The Glasgow deal, reached after two weeks of hard-fought negotiations, included rules for a global carbon market and financial commitments to help countries adapt to climate change.  "The approved texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today," UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. "They take important steps, but unfortunately the collective political will was not enough to overcome some deep contradictions." Rathbone Greenbank's Day: 'We need to try harder, but we are on t...

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