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COP26 latest: Poland reverses pledge to exit coal by 2030 hours after signing it

Extension Rebellion activists take part in a demonstration against 'Greenwashing' near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
Extension Rebellion activists take part in a demonstration against 'Greenwashing' near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.   -   Copyright  Alastair Grant/AP
By Euronews

It's Energy Day at COP26 and negotiators are switching their focus to how the world can ditch fossil fuels.

It has kicked off with a major announcement: late on Wednesday, over 20 countries committed for the first time to phase out and not build or invest in new coal power.

The deal comes after Finance Day delivered pledges for trillions of cash, not just from governments but from the world's biggest financial players.

This liveblog will be updated throughout the day

Here is what you need to know as Day 4 wraps up at the UN climate conference:

  • The coal deal was hailed as a "milestone" by the UK's summit organisers. But the biggest polluters, notably China, have so far failed to sign up.
  • Civil society groups say the coal pledges are "good but not enough."
  • Poland reversed its commitment to exit coal by 2030 hours after signing it.
  • Carbon pollution has bounced back to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new study.

  • The UN launched a new report warning urgent financing is needed for climate change adaptation.

  • Indonesia has backpedalled on its commitment to end deforestation by 2030 after signing up to a landmark deal along with over 100 other countries.

11.04.2021
18:43

Poland reverses pledge to exit coal by 2030

In a U-Turn, Polish Climate and Environment minister Anna Moskwa has said Poland was not planning on phasing out coal until 2049.
Her comments came hours after her government signed a commitment to exit coal by 2030 at COP26. 

“With the ink of her signature not even dry on today’s 2030’s coal phase-out commitment at COP26, Polish minister Anna Moskwa has underscored that her government cannot be trusted to sign a postcard, let alone a responsible climate pledge,” said Kathrin Gutmann, Europe Beyond Coal campaign director.

The country has chosen to "publicly isolate itself, insisting on a timeline where it has to go to extraordinary lengths to keep coal alive to 2049, given the dire economics of coal in Europe," Gutmann added. 

11.04.2021
16:16

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11.04.2021
16:15

Greenpeace slams Indonesia for backpedalling on deforestation deal

Greenpeace slammed Indonesia for backpedalling on its commitment to end deforestation by 2030, just one day after signing up to a landmark deal along with over 100 countries. 

Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar said the pledge to end deforestation was "false and misleading", stressing that the statement on the deal was released before the end of talks. 
Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said environmental objectives could not hinder the economic development of the country.  "Forcing Indonesia to achieve zero deforestation by 2030 is clearly inappropriate and unfair," she tweeted. 
“The Minister’s statement - that comes just one day after President Jokowi signed the COP26 Forests Deal - is profoundly disappointing," said Kiki Taufik, Global Head of Greenpeace Southeast Asia's Indonesian forests campaign. 

“She should be at the vanguard of ensuring all Indonesian citizens can enjoy their right to an intact and healthy environment as mandated in the Indonesian Constitution."

 

11.04.2021
15:40
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15:39

COP26 pledges put world on track to 1.8C warming, new report shows

The International Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organisation, launched a new report forecasting that global warming could be limited to 1.8C if -- and that's a big if -- all COP26 pledges to date were fulliflled. 

11.04.2021
15:14

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11.04.2021
15:04

Climate change adaptation in urgent need of cash, says UN

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its new report on climate change adaptation at COP26 on Thursday. 
The report "calls for urgent efforts to increase financing and implementation of adaptation to climate change."
"Estimated adaptation costs in developing countries are 5 to 10 times greater than current public adaptation finance," according to the UN body. 
“As the world looks to step up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions – efforts that are still not anywhere strong enough – it must also dramatically up its game to adapt to climate change,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.
11.04.2021
13:59

Indonesia backpedals on pledge to end deforestation by 2030

After a landmark deal pledging to end deforestation by 2030 was signed by over 100 nations on Tuesday, including Indonesia, the country has questioned its commitment to the agreement. 

Two senior government officials denied that Indonesia had made a formal commitment to completely end deforestation by 2030.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar said the pledge to end deforestation was "false and misleading", stressing that the statement on the deal was released before the end of talks. 
Environment Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said environmental objectives could not hinder the economic development of the country. 
"Forcing Indonesia to achieve zero deforestation by 2030 is clearly inappropriate and unfair," she tweeted. 
With AFP
11.04.2021
13:32

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11.04.2021
13:06

Climate activists expect 'tens of thousands' to join Saturday protest in Glasgow

Climate activists hope a march through Glasgow on Saturday will "attract tens of thousands of people" as part of a ‘Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.’ 
Over 200 events are planned throughout the world. They "will give people a chance to have their voices heard on what’s been happening at COP26," 350.org said in a statement. 
“We are taking to the streets across the world this weekend to push governments from climate inaction to climate justice," said Asad Rehman, a spokesperson for the COP coalition. 
Greta Thunberg will be among the speakers at the Glasgow march.