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For two weeks, the eyes of the world have been trained on Glasgow as negotiators desperately tried to thrash out an agreement to stave off the climate crisis.
While delegations haggled behind closed doors, campaigners, a few billionaires and the odd superstar were determined to get in on the action.
But outside the circus of politics, pageantry and protest that was Cop26, here are some of the key moments that made headlines during the talks.
– Boris Johnson tried to inject added urgency to the talks on day one, telling word leaders climate change has already put the earth at “one minute to midnight on that doomsday clock” and comparing them to James Bond trying to diffuse an explosive.
– Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg warned Cop26 must be “no more blah blah blah” – her words became a catchphrase for protesters throughout the conference.
– Scores of nations made major commitments to slash methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, by 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels.
– Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledged two billion US dollars (£1.47 billion) for land restoration in Africa – double what he had originally planned to give, with commentators speculating he upped his donations after prompting by the Prince of Wales.
– Forty countries committed to phasing out coal power, including major coal-reliant economies like Chile and Poland.
– Alok Sharma tried to turn negotiators into activists, comparing baffled delegates to veteran environmental campaigner Swampy – who is famous for occupying trees and tunnels to block infrastructure projects.
– Research revealed carbon pollution in 2021 is set to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, after a historic drop of 5.4% in 2020.
– Barack Obama slammed China and Russia for lack of engagement, saying “we can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines” in the climate fight.
– China and the US, the world’s two biggest emitters, announced a “joint declaration” on tackling the climate crisis – a surprise move that observers hoped would add momentum to the talks.
– Research from Climate Action Tracker showed we are on course for a devastating 2.4C of global warming under current plans – analysts warned targets risk just being “lip service to real climate action”.
– Countries led by Denmark and Costa Rica launched the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance to help phase out production of the fossil fuels – just six nations have joined them, but others have expressed an interest.
– Language on the “phasing down” of fossil fuels made it in to the final version of the cover agreement – a historic first for climate diplomacy, despite the fact they are the primary driver global warming.