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Boris Johnson has admitted it is “touch and go” whether Cop26 will be a success and that he is “very worried”.

The prime minister, answering questions from schoolchildren in Downing Street, said: “We need as many people as possible to go to net zero so that they are not producing too much carbon dioxide by the middle of the century.

“Now, I think it can be done. It’s going to be very, very tough, this summit. And I’m very worried, because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need. It’s touch and go.”

His comments echoed those of Cop26 president Alok Sharma who earlier warned securing a global climate deal in Glasgow will be “really tough”.

He said sealing any agreement to reduce emissions would be harder “on lots of levels” than signing the Paris Agreement of 2015.

World leaders will begin gathering on Sunday in Glasgow for Cop26.

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Cop26 ‘our best chance to begin global push to net zero’, PM tells southeast Asia

The prime minister used a video address to business and political leaders in southeast Asia to stress the need for action to tackle climate change and promote green investment.

Boris Johnson said Cop26 in Glasgow would be “one of the defining summits of our time”.

He told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) business and investment summit: “Cop26 marks our last best chance to begin the global push to net zero.

“And if we can use that opportunity to deliver real, substantive action on coal, cars, cash and trees, then I really do believe that we can not only keep temperature increases below 1.5 degrees, but also usher in a worldwide green industrial revolution – growing economies by cutting emissions.

“There’s no choice to be made between going green and creating jobs – they are two sides of the same coin.

“And there’s no doubt at all that green investment is the future.”

Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 13:15
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Nicola Sturgeon calls for high-emitting nations to ‘step up’ on climate change

Failure to act on climate change will be a “betrayal of young people around the world” and risks life on earth becoming “unrecognisable”, Scotland’s first minister has told world leaders.

Nicola Sturgeon used a speech ahead of the global Cop26 summit to challenge those countries which have the highest emissions levels – such as China, Russia, the US and India – to do more to tackle the climate emergency.

Speaking at an event at Strathclyde University in Glasgow ahead of the giant UN conference getting underway on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon warned even keeping temperature rises to 1.5C – one of the key agreements from the Paris climate summit in 2015 – would not prevent all the damaging impacts of climate change.

Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 13:00
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Boris Johnson admits climate summit ‘might go wrong’

Boris Johnson has admitted the crucial climate summit “might go wrong” and said reaching an agreement with world leaders could be “touch and go”.

Hosting children at No 10 for a “press conference” on the climate, the prime minister said the UK needed to persuade as many countries as possible to “go to net zero” and ensure they are not producing too much carbon dioxide by 2050.

Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has more on this:

PM admits climate summit ‘might go wrong’ and reaching agreement ‘touch and go’

‘We might not get the agreements that we need,’ PM concedes

Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 12:45
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Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 12:36
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Recycling plastic ‘doesn’t work’, Boris Johnson claims

Boris Johnson said recycling plastic “doesn’t work” as he stressed the need to reduce the amount of the material that is used.

The prime minister told a press conference with children in Downing Street: “Recycling isn’t the answer. Recycling… it doesn’t begin to address the problem.”

He said “the only answer” was “we’ve all got to cut down on our use of plastic”.

Appearing alongside Mr Johnson, WWF UK’s chief executive Tanya Steele said: “We have to reduce, we have to reuse – I do think we need to do a little bit of recycling, PM, and have some system to do so.”

But Mr Johnson said: “It doesn’t work.”

Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 12:30
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‘Very, very difficult but I think it can be done’, says Boris Johnson of meeting Cop26 goals

The prime minister said meeting the goals of Cop26 would be “very, very difficult” but “I think it can be done”.

Boris Johnson told schoolchildren in Downing Street: “If you look at what the UK has done, we’ve cut our own C02 emissions massively, we’ve cut coal emissions massively.”

Mr Johnson chose to host a press conference with children ahead of “perhaps the most important summit that this country has had in our lifetimes”.

Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 12:15
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‘Touch and go’ whether summit will be success, Boris Johnson admits

Boris Johnson has admitted it is “touch and go” whether Cop26 will be a success and that he is “very worried”.

The prime minister, answering questions from schoolchildren in Downing Street, said: “We need as many people as possible to go to net zero so that they are not producing too much carbon dioxide by the middle of the century.

“Now, I think it can be done. It’s going to be very, very tough, this summit. And I’m very worried, because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need. It’s touch and go.”

Chiara Giordano25 October 2021 12:00
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Securing a global climate deal in Glasgow will be “really tough”, Cop26 president Alok Sharma has warned.

He said sealing any agreement to reduce emissions with be harder “on lots of levels” than signing the Paris Agreement of 2015.

Countries are under pressure to increase their greenhouse gas emission cuts as the world is far off track to meet globally agreed targets to limit temperature rises and curb dangerous warming.

The Cop26 summit, which starts in Glasgow on October 31, is the effective deadline for countries to bring forward more ambitious national climate plans in a five-year process under the Paris climate treaty.

Mr Sharma told The Guardian: “What we’re trying to do here in Glasgow is actually really tough.

“It was brilliant, what they did in Paris, it was a framework agreement, (but) a lot of the detailed rules were left for the future.

“It’s like we’ve got to the end of the exam paper and the most difficult questions are left and you’re running out of time, the exam’s over in half an hour and you go, ‘how are we going to answer this one?”‘

Chris Baynes23 October 2021 15:45
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Italy yet to name climate envoy

Italy has still not found a special envoy to represent it at the upcoming summit because the ministers responsible for the appointment cannot agree on a name, reports Reuters.

Italian climate activists cheered when a government decree in June promised the appointment of the special envoy, following the example of other countries which have named prominent figures to the job such as John Kerry in the United States.

The role would ensure “more effective Italian participation at international events and negotiations on the environment and climate change,” read the decree.

Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani were given joint responsibility for the appointment, which Mr Di Maio said would be made by September.

Three weeks after the deadline nobody has been named, as Italy prepares to host a G20 leaders’ meeting next week where climate change will top the agenda, immediately followed by the UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

“The delay in appointing the special envoy before the crucial G20 Summit and Cop26 is a big missed opportunity,” said Luca Bergamaschi, co-founder of Italian climate think-tank ECCO.

A senior government source said a few candidates were currently being vetted but the appointment was unlikely to come before the Cop26.

“I don’t think the envoy could add much at this stage, the preparatory job for the Cop is already done and the negotiating team is at work,” the source said.

Tom Batchelor22 October 2021 15:37
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Man cycles across wind turbine blade to raise awareness of climate change

A man has cycled across the blade of a wind turbine in order to raise awareness of climate change.

Ahead of UN climate change conference Cop26, Scottish pro-cyclist Danny Macaskill cycled across the turbine, a stunt which has never been attempted before.

He also did a series of tricks at a renewable energy factory, to demonstrate how much of the world’s energy that currently originates from renewable sources.

“It’s so high up it doesn’t feel high, it’s unrealistically high up,” Mr Macaskill said.

“I will say that fibreglass and bike tyres don’t go that well together, it’s slippy stuff.

“I made this film for Cop26 and I didn’t realise how abundant renewable energy is … It’s a good feeling knowing renewable energy is taking off and the balance is changing.

“Hopefully the planet can start healing.”

Tom Batchelor22 October 2021 14:20

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