COP26 CONCLUDES WITH COMMITMENTS TO STRENGTHENING EMISSION REDUCTION GOALS

Nearly 200 countries reached a climate agreement as the United Nations CLimate Conference COP26 came to an end in Glasgow this year. The agreement contained an unprecedented reference to the role of fossil fuels in the climate catastrophe. India and China have been called out for betraying climate vulnerable poor countries for last minute changes for coal to be ‘phased down’ rather than ‘phased out’. President Alok Sharma said phasing out coal is a key process of the COP26, and that India and China should ‘explain themselves’ for changing at the last minute, he told the BBC. 

Despite the alarming urgency that was put forth by climate scientists in the conference along with climate vulnerable countries, the agreement did not reflect the former, but urged more action to reduce emissions next year. The protesters around the world have called the COP26 a ‘failure’ as it did not address the urgency that was around rising temperatures. At the crux of the agreement is a request for countries for the COP27 to update their plans for slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. COP27 will be conducted in Egypt at the end of next year. Even though hopes were high, climate protesters have said the agreement is ‘disappointing’. 

 

“Fossil fuels and their use have enabled parts of the world to attain high levels of growth. Even now, developed countries have not completely phased out coal. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) refers to mitigation of GHG emissions from all sources. UNFCCC is not directed at any particular source,” wrote India’s Environment minister Chupendra Yadav in a personal blog on India’s last minute intervention. “Developing countries have a right to their fair share of the global carbon budget and are entitled to the responsible use of fossil fuels”,  he added

 

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