Boris Johnson to fly to London after urging leaders to save the planet – follow live
Cop26: David Attenborough urges world leaders to turn ‘tragedy into triumph’
His spokesman said that he cannot take the train from London to Glasgow tomorrow because it would take too long, his spokesman claimed.
He defended the decision on the grounds that his plane uses “sustainable” fuel, and said the emissions produced will be offset.
Glasgow’s Cop26 climate summit has begun with world leaders facing calls for urgent action to limit dangerous temperature rises.
Mr Johnson welcomed many heads of state and government, warning them that humanity has “long since run down the clock on climate change” and must act now to tackle the crisis, with the planet now at “one minute to midnight”.
The first morning of the summit was marred by long queues and reports of lengthy delays of up to two hours to pass the summit security lines.
India’s 2030 climate targets ‘ambitious’ – Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tweeted about India’s “ambitious plans” for half its energy to come from renewables by 2030.
He said: “India has today announced ambitious plans for half its energy to come from renewables by 2030.
“This will cut carbon emissions by a billion tonnes, contributing to a worldwide decade of delivery on climate change.
“PM Narendra Modi has for the first time made a commitment for India to become net zero, meaning 90% of the world’s economy is now committed to this goal.
“The UK will work with India to make even more progress, including through the Clean Green Initiative we discussed today.”
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 20:40
Britain tens of billions short on its own green investment
Britain’s ambitious target to become a net-zero economy is in doubt even as it hosts the Cop26.
Rishi Sunak’s budget fell as much as £21bn short of the investment needed to meet the government’s own carbon reduction targets up to 2025, according to exclusive analysis shared with The Independent.
The revelation from the Resolution Foundation follows Boris Johnson’s claim that Cop26 will have failed unless the world has committed to “halve emissions by the end of this decade”.
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Alastair Jamieson1 November 2021 20:31
The Queen pays tribute to ‘dear husband’ in Cop26 video
The Queen has paid tribute to her “dear late husband” the Duke of Edinburgh in a pre-recorded video message played to the welcoming reception of the Cop26 summit.
The monarch, who was due to attend the conference of world leaders, has been resting at home after being advised to by doctors.
Prince Philip, her husband, died just days short of his hundredth birthday in April this year.
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Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 20:20
Prince Charles backs Africa tree plan as Bezos pledges £730m
An initiative to plant 8,000 kilometres of trees across the width of Africa presents a “precious opportunity” in the fight against climate change, the Prince of Wales has said.
The Great Green Wall was devised in 2007 and a funding drive culminated in more than £14 billion from a number of sources to plant more than 20 million trees across 11 countries, which is estimated to create up to 350,000 jobs.
The Prince of Wales spoke at an event alongside French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Meanwhile, Mr Bezos pledged £730 million (1 billion USD) through the Bezos Earth Fund for land restoration throughout Africa, including the Great Green Wall.
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 20:00
Greta tells leaders to ‘stick your climate crisis up your arse’
Greta Thunberg has been getting to grips with slang since arriving in Glasgow yesterday.
The Swedish environmental activist has been seen today leading protesters’ chants of “stick your climate crisis up your arse” while world leaders have begun their two-week-long climate summit.
It comes after Ms Thunberg accused leaders of paying lip service to the movement as they began to kick-off the event.
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 19:40
Congressman: ‘Subpoenas for oil industry papers was justified’
Senior climate correspondent Louise Boyle interviewed congressman Ro Khanna, who is attempting to hold the oil industry accountable for global warming.
He has told The Independent that he and his Democratic colleagues were left with no choice but to issue subpoenas for internal documents as it was “justified by their record”.
“They thought they would just sit there, survive this and then move on with their lives. And that’s not going to happen,” Mr Khanna said.
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Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 19:20
India’s 2030 climate targets ‘demonstrate real leadership’
While a number of Cop26 officials expressed surprise at the 2070 target for India, some said the 2030 targets were significant and could mean it hits the net-zero goal before its planned date.
Lord Stern, who wrote a key economic review of climate change, and is chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics (LSE), said it was a significant moment for the summit, with the five new targets from India.
He said: “Together this might mean that India’s annual emissions of greenhouse gases could peak by 2030.
“This demonstrates real leadership, based on a track record of action and ambitious targets, that can deliver on both economic development and climate change, from a country whose emissions per capita are about one-third of the global average.
“The rich world must respond to prime minister Modi’s challenge to deliver a strong increase in international climate finance.”
India’s net zero target is at least a decade behind the world’s largest polluter China, which has previously announced it plans to hit carbon neutrality before 2060, and to peak its emissions before 2030.
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 18:40
Modi sets net zero target of 2070 in demand for urgent cash
India will meet a target of net zero emissions by 2070, the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi has told the Cop26 summit.
This was one of five pledges he listed, including that India will increase its non fossil energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030 and it will get half of its energy from renewable resources by the same date.
He also pledged that India will reduce its projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes between now and 2030, and reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by 45 per cent.
Modi demanded that developed countries has £730 billion (one trillion USD) available as climate finance “as soon as possible today”.
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 18:20
Justin Welby apologises for making comparison linked to Nazis
The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised for suggesting in a BBC interview that failure to act at Cop26 would be possibly more grave than leaders who ignored warnings about the Nazis in the 1930s.
He tweeted: “I unequivocally apologise for the words I used when trying to emphasise the gravity of the situation facing us at Cop26.
“It’s never right to make comparisons with atrocities brought by the Nazis and I’m sorry for the offence caused to Jews by these words.”
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 18:00
Young activists call for climate justice outside Cop26
Our climate correspondent Daisy Dunne is in Glasgow where the Cop26 summit is taking place.
Young activists in the Fridays for Future campaign are protesting while world leaders gather for the start of the two-week conference.
Some held a banner saying “blah blah blah” – which is what Greta Thunberg said when accusing world leaders of paying lip service to the movement to halt climate change.
Lamiat Sabin1 November 2021 17:40