Backtracking coal targets a COP26 failure, but summit still brings hope
What two weeks together arguing about climate issues did for the key delegates at Glasgow was to create a pressure-cooker atmosphere in which hard positions softened and movement finally became possible.
Alok Sharma, the British MP and president of the UN Climate Change Conference, came close to tears during closing remarks on Nov. 13. Sharma was upset because a last-minute assault by the world’s coal, oil, and gas superpowers nearly brought the meeting to a halt, writes Gwynne Dyer.
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