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U.N. Releases Draft Accord in COP26’s Final Stretch as Data Show Global Temp. Set to Climb 2.4C

HeadlineNov 10, 2021

In Glasgow, the U.N. climate agency released a draft accord today calling on countries to set more aggressive goals for cutting emissions and to fast-track the phasing out of coal, as well as phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. The document also says countries should stop emitting greenhouse gases “by or around mid-century,” but does not set precise or urgent deadlines and enforcement policies. Negotiators at COP26 will continue talks over the second half of this week before a final deal is reached. This comes as the group Climate Action Tracker found that the planet is on track to see a catastrophic 2.4 degree Celsius rise in temperature this century, even with governments’ pledges to reduce emissions.

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