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Keep track of everything that’s been agreed at COP26 so far

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World leaders are making a series of climate pledges at COP26, with announcements expected to keep coming over the course of the summit.

The agenda in Glasgow is moving fast, so check back here regularly to keep track of what’s been agreed.

And follow the latest coverage in our COP26 live blog.

Delegates sit during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Image: COP26 is under way in Glasgow and there’s a packed agenda

Deforestation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson detailed a pledge to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030.

More than 100 countries representing 85% of the world’s forests have signed up – including Brazil, Russia, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It is underpinned by £14bn ($19.2bn) in public and private funding.

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The PM hailed it as a plan to stop the “great chainsaw massacre”.

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, whose country is home to the Amazon, said: “Forests are important to me because they cover more than 60% of my country.”

“We are committed to eliminating illegal deforestation by 2030,” he added.

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US plan to ‘conserve and restore’ forests

The journey to net-zero and 1.5C

Boris Johnson has warned the 1.5C target is the difference ‘between life and death’.

However, current national action plans to curb emissions leave the world way off track to meet global goals, and keep temperature rises to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Countries at COP26 are under pressure to keep the less dangerous 1.5C goal in reach, deliver on climate finance to support poorer nations tackle the crisis, and finalise parts of the global Paris climate treaty.

Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minister has pledged to hit net-zero by 2070 – 20 years after the key 2050 date agreed by other countries.

Environment Secretary George Eustice welcomed India’s net-zero target as a “big step forward”, but told Sky News “they have got more to do to get there”.

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‘Let’s keep 1.5 alive’

Methane

The US and the EU are launching an initiative to cut methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that comes from sources including fossil fuel extraction and livestock farming.

Dozens of heads of state are expected to take part in the launch of the pledge, which commits to countries cutting methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

Greta Thunberg alongside fellow climate activists during a demonstration at Festival Park, Glasgow, on the first day of the Cop26 summit. Picture date: Monday November 1, 2021.
Image: Greta Thunberg met fellow climate activists during a demonstration at Festival Park, Glasgow

The Galapagos

Ecuador has vowed to expand the Galapagos reserve by almost half.

Speaking at COP26, President Guillermo Lasso confirmed a new reserve of 23,000 square miles will be established around the islands.

The new area will expand upon an existing marine reserve of around 50,000 square miles.

Island nations are particularly vulnerable to climate change due to rising sea levels as temperatures soar.

Galapagos turtle
Image: Ecuador has vowed to expand the Galapagpos reserve

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The Daily Climate Show from COP26

For full coverage of COP26, watch Climate Live on Sky channel 525.

Follow live coverage on web and app with our dedicated live blog.

Get all the latest stories, special reports and in-depth analysis at skynews.com/cop26

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


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