World leaders reach climate agreement at U.N. summit following two weeks of negotiations

GLASGOW, Scotland — Following two weeks of high-profile negotiations for urgent climate action, world leaders have come to an agreement at COP26. The agreement encourages nations to increase their near-term climate goals and to move away faster from fossil fuels, but it doesn’t offer the breakthrough science needs to stop global warming.

Here’s what to know

  • Saturday’s agreement does not achieve the most ambitious goal of the 2015 Paris accord — to limit Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.
  • Delegations left Glasgow knowing that the Earth is still heading toward an escalating climate crisis and irreversible destruction of the environment.
  • In last-minute changes, India’s climate negotiator Bhupender Yadav proposed that language calling for the “phaseout of unabated coal and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” be changed to the “phase-down.”
  • During an informal plenary, leaders from countries on the front lines of climate change noted the proposed deal does not do enough to help them. After two weeks of negotiation, the majority of countries agreed that the agreement would help humanity reach its common goals.
  • Climate activists held a “funeral” for COP26 at a Glasgow cemetery Saturday morning. Many of the activists that came to the summit are now gone. About 100,000 people marched in a climate justice rally last weekend.

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