Boris Johnson Will Host Downing Street Press Conference On the 17th today

Boris Johnson will host a Downing Street press conference today at 5 p.m., it was announced.

The briefing will be on the Cop26 climate change conference and the prime minister will appear alongside the chairman of the summit Alok Sharma.

It comes after a pact was finally agreed in Glasgow last night that saw a dramatic last-minute intervention by China and India to blunt the deal to end the use of coal power.

Sharma said today that the two states will have to “justify themselves” to climate-vulnerable countries.

He made the comments after shedding tears on the world stage when the deal was finally completed.

The agreement was to include a promise to accelerate the “phasing out” of coal energy but it was changed to “phasing”.

The word change reduces the urgency with which countries are required to reduce the use of coal – the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases.

This morning, Sharma told Sky News: “On the coal issue, China and India will of course have to justify to some of the most vulnerable countries what happened. You heard that disappointment on the floor.”

A tearful Sharma told the delegates last night, “I apologize for the way this process has unfolded. I am very sorry.”

However, the Glasgow Climate Pact is the first climate agreement that explicitly plans to reduce coal.

The general agreement saw nearly 200 countries agree to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels “alive” or affordable.

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