Boris Johnson to hold press conference at Cop26 today – follow live

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Boris Johnson will hold a press conference at 5pm this afternoon at the climate summit Cop26 summit in Glasgow, Downing Street has announced.

The unexpected event comes after a series of gloomy remarks from the prime minister in recent days about the ability to thrash out an agreement at the conference to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

Elsewhere at the summit, nearly 100 countries have signed a pledge to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane following discussions at the Cop26 summit.

Officials said around 90 nations had joined an EU and US-led effort to cut methane output by 30 per cent by 2030 from 2020 levels. Joe Biden formally announced the policy on Tuesday afternoon.


‘Open your hearts,’ youth climate leaders tell world leaders

Kenyan environmentalist Elizabeth Wathuti has urged world leaders to “open your hearts” as she appealed for action.

Speaking at the conference, she said youth climate activists were unlikely to receive the same level of attention of other speakers.

But she said their concerns deserved to be heard, as she shared her speech on social media.

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 15:24


Second day of long queues for Cop delegates

Cop26 has suffered a second day of queues, with those trying to get into the venue waiting outside for more than an hour.

A large crowd had built up by 9am as people sought to enter the conference campus in Glasgow.

By midday hundreds of people were still queuing outside.

Scotland’s health secretary has blamed the United Nations for the queues to get into the climate conference.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Humza Yousaf said the Scottish government would lobby the UN to improve the situation that has seen some delegates forced to queue for hours to enter the summit inside Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre.

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 15:11


Boris Johnson addresses clean tech event

Boris Johnson is addressing a clean tech event at Cop26, where he said the ambition of the summit was to take new inventions and “make sure that they are disseminated around the whole world”.

He said the UK on occasion generated more than half of its electricity from a combination of wind and solar.

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 15:02


South Africa to receive funds to ditch coal

The United States and several European countries plan to provide funds and expertise to help South Africa ditch coal and roll out more renewable energy. 

German officials said South Africa will receive about $8.5bn in loans and grants over five years to manage the country’s transition away from coal-fired power plants, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. 

South Africa gets about 90 per cent of its electricity from coal-fired plants. 

Svenja Schulze, the German environment minister, said the partnership announced Tuesday, which is also backed by the UK, France and the EU, “has the potential to become a blueprint for other regions”.

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:59


40 nations back clean technology plan to help developing world hit net zero

A new plan to help deliver clean and affordable technology across the world by 2030 is being hailed as another Cop26 milestone by Boris Johnson.

A total of 40 nations are backing the ‘Glasgow Breakthroughs’, to give developing countries access to the innovation and tools needed to make the shift to net zero carbon emissions.

Downing Street believes the initiative can create 20 million new jobs globally and add over $16 trillion to the economies of both emerging and advanced economies.

The full report from our deputy political editor, Rob Merrick, is here:

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:46


UK needs to ban wet wipes, MPs told

The UK needs to ban wet wipes which contain plastic because the scale of the problem caused by flushing them “is so big, so damaging and increasing so fast”, MPs have heard.

Labour MP Fleur Anderson’s Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill to prohibit the manufacture and sale of wet wipes containing plastic had its first reading in the Commons on Tuesday.

MPs also heard that marine animals are dying, “wet wipe islands” are appearing, and rivers are changing shape because of flushed wipes, while Britons might be eating a “credit card’s worth of plastic” due to microplastic shards from the discarded hygiene products.

“As a mother of four children I have used a lot of wet wipes and I completely understand the pressures that parents are under and how useful wet wipes are,” said Putney MP Ms Anderson.

The Plastics (Wet Wipes) Bill will be considered again on 19 November.

As a Private Members’ Bill it is unlikely to become law without government support, although Downing Street has signalled it is committed to ending “the throwaway culture”.

A No 10 spokesman said the 25-year environment plan sets out “a commitment to eliminate avoidable plastic waste”.

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:35


Sign our petition calling on world leaders to act on climate crisis

The Independent has launched a petition calling on world leaders to take meaningful action on the climate crisis immediately.

If you would like to add your voice to the campaign, you can sign it here:

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:25


Boris Johnson to hold press conference from Cop26 climate summit

Boris Johnson is to hold a press conference at 5pm at the climate summit Cop26 summit in Glasgow, No 10 has said.

It comes after a series of gloomy remarks from the prime minister about the ability to thrash out an agreement at the conference to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

Read the breaking story here:

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:18


Spread of common dolphins and snapping shrimp around UK highlights impact of warming seas, say experts who sailed to Cop26

A team of wildlife experts who sailed round the UK to reach the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow have gathered new evidence of species spreading further north, which they have said reveals the impact of warming seas caused by the climate crisis.

Vets, environmentalists and filmmakers, working alongside scientists and wildlife experts, recorded common dolphins and snapping shrimp “moving northward in large numbers, as far as the Outer Hebrides”, which they said provided “new evidence for climate change”.

Read the full story here:

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:13


What are the details of the methane pledge?

At the centre of the plan to tackle methane is the US Environmental Protection Agency proposal that will for the first time require oil and gas operators to aggressively find and repair methane leaks (oil and gas operations account for a third of methane emissions).

Specifically, the proposal will require companies to monitor 300,000 of their biggest well sites every three months, would ban the venting of methane produced as a byproduct of crude oil into the atmosphere, and require upgrades to equipment such as storage tanks, compressors, and pneumatic pumps.

The EPA rules would most likely take effect in 2023 and would be aimed at slashing methane from oil and gas operations by 74 per cent from 2005 levels by 2035, an amount equivalent to the emissions created by all US passenger cars and planes in 2019.

Methane is the second-biggest cause of climate change after carbon dioxide.

The Biden administration’s methane strategy will also include a new proposal by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requiring companies to monitor and repair leaks on about 400,000 miles of previously unregulated natural gas gathering lines.

The administration’s plan also proposes new voluntary measures from the Agriculture and Interior departments to tackle methane emissions from other major sources, including landfills, agriculture and abandoned wells and coal mines.

Tom Batchelor2 November 2021 14:05

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