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Explainer: Sticking points at the United Nations climate conference | Inquirer News
"FILE PHOTO: A man smokes at a bank of the Huangpu river near a coal-fired power plant in Shanghai, China, October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song
LONDON — Representatives from nearly 200 countries will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12 for climate talks to strengthen action to tackle global warming under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Amid extreme weather events around the world and following a United Nations’ climate report which warned that global warming was close to spiraling out of control, the actions of governments at this conference will determine whether it is a success.
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Six years ago in Paris, countries agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius and ideally 1.5C. To do this, emissions need to be cut in half by 2030 and reach net-zero by around mid-century.
As the U.N. conference was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year is the deadline for countries to make steeper emissions cut pledges (called nationally determined contributions or NDCs).

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A U.N. analysis of new or revised NDCs submitted by the end of July found that by 2030, those 113 countries would together lower their emissions by 12% from 2010 levels.
But the available NDCs of all 191 parties of the Paris Agreement combined equate to a 16% increase in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 compared to 2010, it said.
Around 120 countries have so far submitted revised NDCs, but there is a lack of consistency with no common timeframe for realizing pledges. There are also a variety of approaches in the NDCs, making comparability difficult.
Negotiators also need to agree on common timeframes for future emissions cuts.
Major emitters China, India, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – together responsible for around a third of global greenhouse gas emissions – have not yet come forward with strengthened NDCs and need to do so at this conference, known as COP26.
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FINANCE
As far back as 2009, developed countries agreed to raise $100 billion a year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change.
FILE PHOTO: A truck drives by as steam rises from the five brown coal-fired power units of RWE, one of Europe’s biggest electricity companies in Neurath, north-west of Cologne, Germany, Germany, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo
However, the most recent data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that in 2019, developed nations’ governments raised $79.6 billion for vulnerable countries, up 2% from $78.3 billion in 2018.
As rich nations are not meeting the $100 billion a year goal, it can break down trust at the climate talks, experts say. And a new finance goal needs to be worked out for 2025 onwards.
LOSS AND DAMAGE
Governments agreed to address the impact of climate change on developing countries but there is no detail about liability or compensation, a bone of contention for many poorer countries.
A platform to enable technical assistance for vulnerable countries was established in 2019 but developing nations want a more robust mechanism to include financing.
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The UK COP26 president, Alok Sharma, has said he wants this conference to be the one where coal power is consigned to history.
The U.N. has called for phasing out coal by 2030 in OECD countries but environment ministers from the Group of 20 big economies have failed to agree on a timeline.

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ARTICLE 6
Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, which covers the role of carbon markets, has not been resolved since the pact was struck. Progress on it broke down at the last talks in 2019.
The article calls for “robust accounting” to avoid “double counting” of emissions reductions. It also aims to establish a central U.N. mechanism to trade carbon credits from emissions reductions generated from low-carbon projects.
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