Nations sign climate agreement with coal compromise: NPR

Nations sign climate agreement with coal compromise: NPR

Alok Sharma (left), chair of the COP26 summit, attend a plenary inventory session in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday.

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Alok Sharma (left), chair of the COP26 summit, attend a plenary inventory session in Glasgow, Scotland, on Saturday.

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GLASGOW, Scotland – Nearly 200 countries accepted a controversial climate compromise on Saturday aimed at preserving a climate key global warming target in life, but it contained a last-minimal change die some senior officials called a watering down of crucial language over coal.

Multiple countries, including small island nations, said they were deeply disappointed by the change forward through India to “phase down,” rather than “phase out”coal power, the largest source of emission of greenhouse gasses.

Nation after nation had complained before on the final day of two weeks of UN Climate Talks in Glasgow, Scotland, approximately how the deal is not enough but they said it was better than nothing and offers incremental progress, if not success.

Negotiators from Switzerland and Mexico called the coal language change against the rules because it came so late. However, they said they had no choice but to shut up and go with them with the.

Swiss environment minister Simonetta Sommaruga said the change will make it more difficult to international goal to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times. For a change on coal, negotiators had said the deal die overarching agreement was barely preserved. The world has already warmed up met 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit).

“Indian” last-minute change to the language until phase down but not phase out coal is pretty shocking”, Australian climate scientist Bill Hare, who tracks world emission promises for the science-based climate action tracker. “India has been a blocker for a long time” on climate action, but I’ve never seen it happen so publicly.”

In addition to the revised coal language, the Glasgow Climate Pact contains enough financial incentives to almost satisfy poorer countries and dissolves a long-standing problem the paving way for carbon trading.

The Draft Agreement says big carbon-polluting countries must come back and submit a stronger issue cutting commitments towards the end of 2022.

Conference chair Alok Sharma said the deal floats “progress on coal, auto’s cash and trees” and is “something meaningful” for U.S people and our planet.”

Environmentalists were measured in their not quite glowing reviews, issued before die from India last change minute.

“It’s meek, it’s weak and the 1.5C goal is alone just alive, but one signal has been sent that the era of coal runs out. And that’s important,” said Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan.

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