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COP26 latest: 'We still have a mountain to climb', says chair as clock ticks to strike cover deal

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Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, second right, and other activists engage in a 'Show US The Money' protest at  COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.
Climate activist Vanessa Nakate, second right, and other activists engage in a 'Show US The Money' protest at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.   -   Copyright  AP Photo
By Euronews

The clock is ticking at the UN climate summit, with only a few days left to strike a deal that will help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“We still have a mountain to climb,” said COP26 chairman Alok Sharma, while acknowledging "progress" in the negotiations.

Here is everything you need to know as Day 9 gets underway at COP26:

  • Today is Gender Day at COP26 and the summit is turning its focus to gender-sensitive climate policies. 80 per cent of people displaced by climate change are women and children, according to UNFCC.
  • The UK presidency will publish a first draft of the summit's cover decision overnight, Sharma said. New texts have been tabled on time frames, transparency, finance and adaptation.

  • Meanwhile, the hard work continues in negotiation rooms. Teams of two ministers — one from a rich country, one from a poor — have been assigned to oversee negotiations on each topic that will form part of COP26's cover deal, the UK Presidency said on Monday.

  • Climate Action Tracker, a think tank, released new forecasts saying current climate policies put us on track to 2.7C degree warming — or 2.4C if all governmentsmet their 2030 targets.

"Assuming all countries implement everything they have proposed here, we would in 2030 still emit twice as much as what we should if we want to be on a 1.5C trajectory," said Professor Niklas Hohne of the New Climate Institute at a press conference.

  • South Korea became the latest country to backtrack on its pledge to phase out coal by 2030, just days after signing it.

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11.09.2021
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Rich nations pledge $413m to Least Developed Countries Fund

12 countries have pledged $413 million (€355 million) in new funding for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the Global Environment Facility said on Monday. 

“The LDCF has a special place in the hearts of Least Developed Countries, as it is the only climate change adaptation fund that is designed to meet our unique needs and priorities. We are 46 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, and the science indicates that our climate risk exposure will only increase,” said Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi, Chair of the LDC Group at the UN climate negotiations.

“Support from the LDCF enables us to take action and prepare for trouble ahead. We are pleased about the generous new contributions to the LDCF announced today and sincerely hope that additional donors will follow suit given how meaningful this source of support is to us,” Wangdi

11.09.2021
15:14

Climate Action Tracker: We're on track to 2.4C warming if all governments meet their 2030 targets 

Climate Action Tracker, a think tank, said at a press conference that current climate policies put us on track to 2.7C degree warming — or 2.4C if all governments met their 2030 targets. 
"Assuming all countries implement everything they have proposed here, we would in 2030 still emit twice as much as what we should if we want to be on a 1.5C trajectory," said Professor Niklas Hohne of the New Climate Institute. 
He recommended that the global community goes "in emergency mode", with reviews of COP's targets each year rather than every 5 years. 
11.09.2021
14:57

COP26 Presidency to publish first draft of cover decision overnight 

COP26 chairman Alok Sharma said at a press conference that the UK presidency will publish a first draft of the summit's cover decision overnight. 
He said that while there was "progress" in the negotiations, "we still have a mountain to climb over the next few days."
Sharma added that new texts were tabled on time frames, transparency,  finance and adaptation -- which have so far been among the sticking points in the negotiations. 
11.09.2021
14:48

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14:45

Climate Action Tracker to release new global warming forecast

Climate Action Tracker, a think-tank, will release its forecast of how much global warming the world should prepare for at 3pmCET /2pm GMT. 
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11.09.2021
13:38

Austrian minister takes 27-hour train ride to COP26

Austria's minister for climate protection, technology and innovation Leonore Gewessler took a 27-hour journey by sleeper train from Vienna to Brussels, and then on to Glasgow for COP26. 
FILE - Austria's minister for climate protection, technology and innovation Leonore Gewessler speaks during a news conference behind plexiglass shields at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Friday, April 30, 2021. AP

Many senior politicians, including Boris Johnson, have faced criticism for flying to a summit that's all about cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

11.09.2021
13:29

Climate activists mobilise against drilling project in Scotland 

Environmental groups are pressing the UK not to approve drilling in an undersea oilfield north of Scotland. 

They say it threatens marine species and will add to global warming.

Siccar Point Energy, in which oil company Shell has a stake, wants to extract oil from the Cambo field, west of the Shetland Islands.

A collection of 16 marine protection and climate groups, including Greenpeace UK, WWF UK, the Marine Conservation Society and Friends of the Earth, are urging the British government to refuse the application.

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide says pipelines to export oil from the area could jeopardize hundreds of species, including rare deep-sea sponges, known and ocean quahogs, a type of clam, in a part of the ocean designated a Marine Protected Area.

Plans for new oil extraction and a proposed new coal mine in northern England are overshadowing UK government efforts to persuade other countries to take stronger action to cut carbon emissions at COP26

The British government says UK oil and gas regulators will make the decision, after an environmental impact assessment and a public consultation.

With AP

If you weren't able to follow along on Monday, here are five takeaways from Day 8, including an impassioned speech by former US President Barack Obama.