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The world’s most powerful nations including China have committed themselves to cutting fossil fuels and battling to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Almost 200 nations have signed off on a historic climate pact at the COP26 conference in Glasgow after two weeks of tough negotiations.
Countries have committed to strengthening targets to curb emissions and increasing efforts to cease reliance on unabated coal and fossil fuel subsidies.
The prime minister said after the agreement: “I hope that we will look back on COP26 in Glasgow as the beginning of the end of climate change, and I will continue to work tirelessly towards that goal.”
The 197 nations finally managed to agree on the final text and pledged to double the money earmarked for developing nations to adapt to climate change by 2025.
Alok Sharma said despite the 1.5C target agreed in Paris in 2015 still being in reach, “its pulse remains weak”.
However the pact to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is highly significant.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Glasgow has been a missed opportunity — a summit too often of climate delay not climate delivery.”