There is a “six out of 10” chance of getting other countries to sign up to financial and environmental targets ahead of November’s key COP26 climate change conference, the UK PM has said. Boris Johnson is in the US for a UN meeting where he will urge leaders to take “concrete action” on the issue. But he said it would be “tough” to persuade allies to meet their promise to give $100bn a year to developing nations to cut carbon emissions.
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Nations must redouble planned climate targets if the world is to meet the minimal threshold of the Paris Agreement, according to a new UN report warning that while emissions are being reduced, the pace of progress is falling behind required rates. The UN has published its latest Synthesis Report into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted as part of the Paris Agreement. The report was requested by all 191 Parties to the Agreement, to provide an up-to-date assessment on intended climate action prior to COP26 in Glasgow this November. Based on the latest NDCs available in the interim NDC registry as of July 2021, the report is able to account for 86 new or updated commitments from more than 110 Parties. The latest NDCs cover around 59% of the Parties to the Paris Agreement and almost 50% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The report found that these NDCs would contribute to a projected decrease in global emissions of 12% by 2030, compared to 2010 levels. In comparison, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that a 45% reduction would be required by 2030 to reach 1.5C, or 25% to reach 2C. As such, global efforts need to more than double just to meet the 2C threshold of the Paris Agreement.
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UNGA 76: Kicking off the Final Sprint to COP26. For COP26 to land a credible response to scientists’ latest ‘Code Red’ warning, Climate Finance, Coal and Accelerating Climate Ambition must be at the top of world leader’s to-do lists at the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
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Boris Johnson has said he fears there is only a 60% chance that the $100bn in climate finance viewed as key to securing an ambitious outcome to the Cop26 summit will be in place by the time world leaders meet in Glasgow in November. Speaking to journalists en route to New York at the start of a three-day visit to the US, in which he hopes to “galvanise” progress towards a new climate deal, the prime minister said he would be urging developed countries to come forward with additional funding.
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Rich countries will continue to miss a longstanding pledge to provide poor countries with $100bn a year in climate finance for the next four years, new analysis suggests on the eve of a crunch meeting of world leaders at the UN on Monday. The promised cash is seen as essential to gaining support from developing countries for a global climate deal to fulfil the 2015 Paris agreement, with only six weeks go before vital UN climate talks, called Cop26, to be hosted in Glasgow this November. However, current pledges and announced plans from developed country governments will amount to only about $93bn to $95bn a year in climate finance by 2025, according to Oxfam.
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Unable to afford the exorbitant train fare and refusing to fly, a 16-year-old environmental campaigner has decided to cycle 570 miles to the Cop26 summit in Glasgow – and has invited the public to join her for the ride. Jessie Stevens, from Newton Abbot in south Devon, wants to attend the climate conference in November to “bring youth representation to a conversation often dominated by older voices”.
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