Extreme weather catastrophes linked to climate change have made 2021 the second-most costly year on record for global insurance firms.
The Montreal Protocol and the Paris Agreement both address global gas emissions resulting in unwanted impacts on human health and natural ecosystems. Unfortunately, this is where the similarities end.
The lack of a framework for equity in climate negotiations threatens the life of the vast majority of the world’s population.
Climate change could emerge as a leading cause of global security threats, and some say we are past the point of prevention.
Despite Saudi promises to mitigate climate change, the Kingdom thwarts international efforts at collaboration.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned of an impending "climate catastrophe", while environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg dismissed the COP26 climate conference deal as "blah, blah, blah".
Several countries, including small island states, say they are deeply disappointed by the move to "phase down" rather than "phase out" coal power, the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Negotiations on a deal to continue into Saturday afternoon as delegates from nearly 200 nations are still trying to find common ground on the phasing out of coal and financial aid for poor countries.
The UN chief Antonio Guterres said the announcements in Glasgow are "encouraging, but they are far from enough".
The deal was broadly welcomed by global leaders and climate experts amid criticism the UN climate conference was falling far short of its goals.
A draft final statement published on Wednesday calls on countries to step up their emission reduction commitments by next year’s COP, as research shows current targets would lead the world to 2.4 degrees of warming.
Green groups were less than thrilled with the declaration, arguing it allows "for delay tactics and fossil fuel loopholes".
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