How could China BLOCK climate deal at COP26 – deal is on ‘life support’ | World | The news

China could block a key pledge in the COP26 agreement as the final day of the climate conference begins. The move could frustrate an agreement between the 197 countries present, with China and other major polluters trying to block a section on reducing emissions.

Why is China trying to block the deal?

China is one of several countries that want to remove an entire section of the COP26 agreement.

The department is dealing with carbon emissions within the next decade, and China has opposed a call to accelerate the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies and coal.

This agreement would be the first time that subsidies on coal and fossil fuels would be mentioned in the final text at the annual summit.

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China is the largest user of coal in the world, along with other countries such as India, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Alarm has been expressed by others about the attempt to remove the section – especially at this late stage in negotiations.

Britain’s chief negotiator Archie Young said: “That gives you a sense that there is still no consensus that we need to collectively expand our ambition.”

EU climate envoy Frans Timmermans expressed a similar sentiment.

“We are very concerned about the story in the section of mitigating ambition.

“That is why we have asked the presidency to completely remove the mitigation section, as they are trying in that context to shift their responsibilities from the developed world to the developing world.”

Chief African negotiator Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale said developing countries cannot expect to get rid of fossil fuels without the help of developed countries helping them move towards cleaner alternatives.

He said: “We are far from the 1.5C, and that is because many developed countries have not respected their own commitments.”

Climate finance was one of the hardest issues of the conference, with the US and EU refusing to give more money to help developing countries move away from non-climate friendly energy production.

Alok Sharma, the UK COP26 president, said it was a “monumental challenge ahead of us” to achieve success at the summit before it ends on Friday.

But on Friday UN chief Antonio Guterres said COP26 is unlikely to achieve its goals and the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is on “life support”.

Despite the promises made at COP26 so far, the planet is still going to 2.4C of warming above pre-industrial levels, according to a report by Climate Action Tracker.

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