Alok Sharma, the British head of COP26, felt compelled to apologize when delivering the last chord. “I’m sorry for the way the climate conference went,” Sharma said. “I understand the deep disappointment, but it is imperative that this agreement be protected,” he said, swollen in his throat. Applause followed.
On Saturday evening, only the participating countries reached agreement on the final agreement for COP 26, a day later than scheduled. This is partly due to the last-minute decision by China and India not to agree to the coal-related texts. As a result, you now read in the final agreement that the use of coal will be “gradually phased out”. Previously it was still “gradually phased out”. Additionally, there are no dates. According to Sharma, China and India owe an explanation to the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change
Sharma denied to the BBC on Sunday that the climate change summit in Glasgow had ended in failure. He called the agreement reached, titled the Glasgow Climate Charter, a “fragile victory” yet “keeps 1.5 degrees within reach” – the 2015 Paris climate agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. from pre-industrial levels.
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