COP26 reaches climate deal but disagrees on fossil fuel

16:18, 14 November 2021
COP26 reaches climate deal but disagrees on fossil fuel Photo: Denis Kogevnikov/Russian Look/Global Look Press

The leaders of the world have reached the biggest climate change deal ever since the Paris Agreement, following two weeks of discussions.

Almost 200 nations took part in the summit.

Those who endorse the deal say that it will help “keep 1.5C in reach,” others however were disappointed by the decision on fossil fuel which was altered in the last-minutes of the summit.

This has even led the COP26 President Alok Sharma to tears.

Among the decisions that were reached are helping developing countries adapt to climate change by 2025 as well as agreeing rules on carbon offset markets.

The United Nations Secretary-General endorsed the summit but said that is not enough considering the toughness of the situation.

"The climate battle is the fight of our lives and that fight must be won," he said in a statement.

Other leaders also commented on the historical landmark.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that there is "a huge amount more to do in the coming years."

"But today's agreement is a big step forward and, critically, we have the first ever international agreement to phase down coal and a roadmap to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees," he added.

The duration of the summit was prolonged as the leaders didn't manage to reach an agreement in the given time. 

The next COP27 will take place in Egypt in the next year.

Earlier, thousands of people have gathered in Glasgow to protest and push the COP26 UN climate conference to take stronger action in the climate.