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COP26 negotiators scramble to turn promises into action on the final day of climate talks


Boris Johnson is the British Prime Minister during a press conferment on the eleventh day of the COP26 conference on climate change at the SEC, November 10, 2021 in Glasgow.

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GLASGOW, Scotland — On the final scheduled day of COP26 climate talks, negotiators from almost 200 countries are in a last-ditch scramble to keep alive hopes of capping global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Delegates push for breakthroughs as the race against time begins. major sticking pointsThere are still many issues to resolve, including global carbon markets and climate finance.

The U.K. has presided over the Glasgow summit for two weeks, from Thursday evening to Friday evening. However, it’s expected that negotiations will exceed their capacity.

Boris Johnson is the U.K. Prime minister called onMinisters are to help bridge any remaining differences to achieve a consensus.

As he returned home to Scotland’s capital city, he stated that the “This is bigger then any single country”. We must pull off all of our efforts if 1.5C is going to remain within our reach.

The feeling of belonging cautious optimismThe week’s first week saw a disturbing analysis of the climate situation around the globe and an agreement draft that impliedly admitted current promises were not sufficient to avoid progressively more severe climate effects.

In order to avoid climate disaster, the delegates need to devise a plan for limiting global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This global temperature target is important and corresponds with the goal set out in the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.

The talks are not yet able to address the urgent climate crisis.

Draft deal

The first week of negotiations saw a blizzard in pledges. This was described as “a”big stepForward by all, where countries promise to stop and reverse deforestation and phase out coal, and cut methane emissions 30% by 2030.

Recent U.S.-China statements were also praised as encouraging and significant, but critics called for concrete actions.

The International Energy Agency released a report last week stating that if countries followed through on their commitments over the long term, this would set humanity up for approximately 1.8 degrees Celsius warming. This was a significant breakthrough because it represented the lowest plausible projection of global warming.

Scientist Rebellion members hold signs as part of a protest in Glasgow at the COP26 UN Climate Change Summit, November 8th 2021.

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The Climate Action Network released Tuesday’s research, which found temperatures could rise by 2.4 degrees Celsius this century if they are able to achieve short-term goals. The world is still falling short of its goals, and it’s a terrible prognosis.

The first draft of COP26 was published Wednesday. It asked for governments to revise and increase their emission targets before the end of next years and urged countries to provide climate finance support to low-income nations.

All delegations must agree to the seven-page document. It also calls for an acceleration in the phase out fossil fuel subsidies and coal. This issue was not given any targets and dates.

If the reference to fossil fuels isn’t removed from the final agreement it will mark the first instance of an international climate summit explicitly mentioning them. The environmental organizations expect this portion of the draft to be deleted before the conference’s close.

Jennifer Morgan is executive director at Greenpeace International. She stated, “This draft deal does not propose a way to address the climate crisis. Instead, it’s an agreement where we can all just hope and cross our fingers.” saidIn a statement

It’s polite to ask that other countries do more next year. This is not acceptable. Negotiators need to agree a deal. Most assuredly this deal does not.

“One press release after the other”

A analysis publishedGlobal Witness found that there were more delegate from the fossil fuel sector at COP26, than any other country.

This raised grave questions regarding the credibility and legitimacy of the summit.

CNBC’s Carroll Muffett said that he has been involved in COPs since 2000. “It is a fact that oil companies are deeply embedded within many delegations.” They have direct access and you can see fossil fuels all around except the text of the treaty.

Muffett stated that “at the core of what we’ve seen at this conference is one after another PR announcement.” Things are not moving forward in the actual negotiations, where it is important.

His remarks echoed criticismGreta Thunberg (climate activist) made this statement last week.

It is no secret that COP26 has been a disaster. Thunberg speaking at Fridays For Future’s Nov. 5 rally. “It should be evident that we can not solve the crisis using the same methods that got it started in the first place.”

“The COP is now a PR event where leaders give beautiful speeches and announce fancy targets and commitments, but behind closed doors governments from the Global North are refusing to do any serious climate action.”