Disappointment as COP26 ends with failure to lock in end of coal

The Glasgow climate summit ended at the weekend with a deal that targeted fossil fuels for the first time.

But many member states and observers were disappointed after a last-minute intervention from India meant a planned call for member states to “phase out” coal use was diluted to read “phase down” coal.

In the words of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the agreement keeps the target of limiting global warming to 1.5-degrees ambition alive, but on life support.

Despite the setbacks, there were gains, including a global pledge to cut and reverse deforestation by 2030.

National environment and climate editor Nick O’Malley joins Bianca Hall to discuss the Glasgow Climate Pact and what happened behind the scenes at the UN summit.

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