Prince Charles calls summit ‘last chance saloon’ Cop26 starts – live

Prince Charles calls summit ‘last chance saloon’ Cop26 starts – live
World leaders will head to Glasgow after G20 meeting ends in Rome

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Cop26: Greta Thunberg mobbed by activists as she arrives in Glasgow

The long-awaited climate summit Cop26 is opening today after world leaders wrap up the G20 meeting in Rome.

The climate summit is taking place in Glasgow, where 196 world leaders will come together to commit to reducing carbon emissions in hopes of avoiding a climate catastrophe.

Speaking at the G20 summit, Prince Charles told delegates there was an “urgent need” to explore how to develop “a mechanism to provide sovereign risk guarantees that would help release the vast sums of money to make this public/private partnership a reality.

“And that, in turn, is our only hope if we are to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees.

“Cop26 begins in Glasgow tomorrow. Quite literally, it is the last chance saloon. We must now translate fine words into still finer actions.”

Asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this morning if she believed it possible for the world to keep global warming below 1.5C., climate activist Greta Thunberg said: “I don’t know. It can. It’s possible in theory.”

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Cop26 ‘last chance saloon’ to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees, Prince Charles says

‘We must now translate fine words into still finer actions’

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:56
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Prince Charles: Cop26 a ‘last chance saloon’ in meeting Paris Agreement commitments

Prince Charles has warned the Cop26 summit is the “last chance saloon” to save the planet and keep global warming to 1.5 degrees, as he told world leaders they have an “overwhelming responsibility of to generations yet unborn”.

Speaking at the G20 summit in Rome, Prince Charles told delegates there was an “urgent need” to explore how to develop “a mechanism to provide sovereign risk guarantees that would help release the vast sums of money to make this public/private partnership a reality.

“And that, in turn, is our only hope if we are to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees,” he stressed.

He went on: “Cop26 begins in Glasgow tomorrow. Quite literally, it is the last chance saloon. We must now translate fine words into still finer actions.”

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:55
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The Independent launches petition calling on world leaders to act immediately on the climate crisis

The Independent has launched a petition calling on world leaders to take meaningful action on the climate crisis immediately.

We believe the world can’t afford to wait for action to tackle the climate emergency and we want global leaders at the Cop26 UN climate summit to agree on securing global net zero by mid-century and keeping the 1.5C target from Paris within reach.

To join in our fight in helping to encourage world leaders to hit our climate targets please sign our petition below. We thank you for your support.

Sign The Independent’s petition calling for climate crisis action

Sign our petition to help highlight the urgency of our planet’s climate crisis

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:51
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UK flight tax cut shows PM ‘hung up’ on proving Brexit was good, adviser claims

‘It was perhaps not the right thing to do,’ says Conservative peer Lord Deben

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:48
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Flight tax changes attempt to prove Brexit ‘was a good idea’, says government climate advisor

On Sunday the head of the government’s advisory climate change committee, Lord Deben, claimed the tax was calculated to cast the UK’s decision to leave the European Union in a positive light.

He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “I’m afraid the government is hung up in trying to prove that leaving the European Union was a good idea.

“And that’s quite difficult. So one of the things it can do is to reduce the taxes internally and not across the whole of Europe. So, he decided to do that.

“Actually, it doesn’t make any difference. As a matter of technicality, because the way that internal flights are accounted for under climate change will mean that they’ll just have to pay more in carbon.”

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:47
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Time for ‘diplomatic niceties’ on climate is over, UN chief says

‘The old, carbon-burning model of development is a death sentence,’ warns Antonio Guterres

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:37
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Leaders must get on with the job at Cop26 – before it’s too late | Antonio Guterres

The United Nations was founded 76 years ago to build consensus for action against the greatest threats facing humanity. Rarely have we faced a crisis like this one, writes Antonio Guterres

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:37
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Time for ‘diplomatic niceties’ over if world to be saved, says UN secretary general

Writing in The Independent, Antonio Guterres said the time for “diplomatic niceties” was over, and that the richest countries must “stand up and lead” the world away from the brink of runaway global heating.

As Glasgow opens its gates for the first day of the Cop26 summit, Mr Guterres writes: “Governments’ actions so far simply do not add up to what is so desperately needed.

“Recent new announcements for climate action are welcome and critical – but even so, our world is on track for calamitous global temperature rises well above 2C.

“The time has passed for diplomatic niceties. If governments – especially G20 governments – do not stand up and lead this effort, we are headed for terrible human suffering.”

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 11:36
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‘That’s not my decision’: Alok Sharma swerves questions on Cambo oilfield

‘When there is an announcement, an agreement, I’m very happy to come back and talk to you’

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 10:57
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Alok Sharma dodges questions on Cambo oilfield as Cop26 opens

The Cop26 president has swerved questions over the prospect of the Cambo oilfield receiving approval, saying: “That’s not my decision, that’s not my role.”

It comes after Mr Sharma was branded a “hypocrite” for the UK Government’s support of the oil field while speaking at the closing ceremony of the COY16 youth conference on Saturday evening.

Lord Deben, the chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee (CCC), has previously suggested of Cambo: “We really do have to face up to the issue that there may be some occasions where we think that development could be of a kind which would help our move towards net zero to such a degree that it’s worth doing.

“But we always have to remember that the moment you do any of that, you’re setting an example that will be quoted throughout the world as showing this kind of development is acceptable.”

Asked about the remarks, Mr Sharma told the BBC: “Well, as I said, that’s no my decision, that’s not my role.

“When a decision is made I’m very happy to come back and discuss it.”

Emily Atkinson31 October 2021 10:56

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