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China and India Water Down Coal Deal: The Times

The change in wording lessens the urgency with which countries are required to reduce the use of fossil fuel


A demonstrator holds up a sign as he attends a Fridays for Future climate strike in Milan, Italy ahead of Glasgow's COP26 meeting. Photo: Reuters

 

A historic United Nations deal to end the use of coal power was watered down last night after a dramatic last-minute intervention from China and India, The Times reported on Sunday.

Alok Sharma, the president of COP26, was reduced to tears as he apologised to delegates for the way the late change was made.

The deal had been set to include a pledge to accelerate the “phase-out” of coal power but this was switched late on to “phase-down”. The change in wording lessens the urgency with which countries are required to reduce the use of coal.

Read the full report: The Times

 

 

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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