It's time for action at COP26 as crucial climate talks enter their second day.
After an opening day marked by "doomsday" rhetoric, it's time for action at COP26.
More than 100 countries, including EU nations, have just announced a new plan to curb methane emissions by 30%.
Several other major deals are being signed on Tuesday, notably an agreement by more than 100 world leaders to end deforestation by 2030.
If you weren't able to follow along yesterday, here are the 5 key takeouts from day 1.
Here is what you need to know as crucial climate talks enter their second day:
- The world leaders' summit concludes today. After outlining their national commitments and setting out broad outlines of agreements, they will let diplomats and other government officials hammer out the details.
- The British presidency is facing criticism about accessibility and inclusiveness at the conference. Civil society groups have complained of "unprecedented restrictions" to negotiations, while an Israeli minister using a wheelchair was unable to access the summit yesterday.
- A delegation of 12 mayors from some of the world's major cities have called for action to tackle climate change as they travelled to Glasgow for the COP26 summit.
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The United States and several European countries plan to provide funds and expertise to help South Africa ditch coal and roll out more renewable energy.
German officials said South Africa will receive about $8.5 billion in loans and grants over five years to manage the country's transition away from coal-fired power plants, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
South Africa gets about 90% of its electricity from coal-fired plants.
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COP26 methane pledges 'falling short', says climate campaigner
“World leaders are right to target methane emissions but today’s announcement falls short of the 45% reduction that the UN says is necessary to keep global warming below 1.5C,” said Murray Worthy, Gas Campaign Leader at Global Witness.
“The single most effective way of stopping methane emissions is also incredibly simple - phase out the use of climate-wrecking fossil fuels,” he added.