Goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C in ‘intensive care’ after COP26 summit

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The goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is in "intensive care" after the conclusion of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Labour's Ed Miliband has told Sky News.

Speaking to Trevor Phillips on Sunday, the shadow business, energy and industrial strategy secretary said it is now "our job in the next 12 months to show that we can save it".

He was speaking after world leaders reached the most significant climate change pact since the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement following a turbulent two weeks of fraught negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow.

Its supporters say the pact will help "keep 1.5C in reach", but many have pointed out it is far from perfect, with last-minute changes to fossil fuel wording proving highly controversial.

A highly contested fossil fuel statement made it through to the final pact, but was watered down at the last minute as India forced through a re-wording of "phase-out" to "phase down".

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Major outcomes include:

  • Supercharging 2030 emissions-cutting targets as soon as next year, potentially "keeping 1.5C alive", a key objective of the talks
  • Accelerating the phase-down of unabated coal and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies
  • Doubling funding for developing nations to adapt to climate change by 2025
  • Boosting up the agenda the conversation about how to pay for the loss and damage that climate change inflicts on developing countries
  • Finally agreeing rules on carbon offset markets, which the last two COPs had tried and failed to finalise

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