COP26 agrees deal aimed at averting climate catastrophe, after late drama

  • India led demand for last-minute change on coal power
  • New draft retains call for reduced fossil fuel subsidies
  • Nations at odds over how to keep 1.5C goal alive
  • Poor countries seek funds to tackle climate change

GLASGOW, Nov 13 (Reuters) – U.N. climate talks in Scotland ended with a global agreement aimed at keeping alive hopes of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, and so maintain a realistic shot at saving the world from catastrophic climate change.

Alok Sharma, the conference chairman, was visibly emotional before banging down his gavel in relief to signal that there were no vetoes from the almost 200 national delegations present in Glasgow, ranging from coal- and gas-fuelled superpowers to oil producers and Pacific islands being swallowed by the rise in sea levels.

The two-week conference in Glasgow, which extended into an extra day of tortuous negotiations, was the 26th of its kind but the first to call for a reduction in fossil fuels, which…

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