Cop26 cover decision urges climate action

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A draft "cover decision" setting out the potential outcome from the Cop26 climate summit has been published by the UK presidency of the talks.

The document urges countries to "revisit and strengthen" their emissions cutting targets for 2030 in their national action plans by the end of 2022 to meet the goal to try to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The decision, which will have to be negotiated and agreed by countries attending the talks, also urges them to set out plans and policies to hit net zero emissions by or around mid-century, by the end of next year.

It calls for countries to accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels, and for developed countries to at least double their collective provision of climate finance to help developing countries adapt to climate change, as part of scaling money for poorer nations to tackle the crisis.

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