Rested COP26 negotiators hope to be able to take climate negotiations across borders

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Negotiators flocked to the site of the UN climate negotiations early on Saturday, hoping that a good night’s sleep would help them complete an agreement that can credibly be said to increase the world’s efforts to tackle global warming.

British officials who led the talks in Glasgow, Scotland, broke the habit of previous talks by telling negotiators from nearly 200 nations late on Friday to go to rest, rather than power through the night.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson said on Friday that he believed “an ambitious result is in sight” in the two-week talks, which are now overtime.

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The countries remained divided into three main subjects: financial assistance to poor nations; including the mention of a phasing out of coal and an end to fossil fuel subsidies in general in the final agreement; and the question of how soon nations must come back with new goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Researchers say the world is not on the right track to achieve the Paris Agreement’s ambitious 2015 target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century compared to pre-industrial times.

The Party Conference (COP) meets every year and is the global decision-making body set up in the early 1990s to implement UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and subsequent climate agreements.