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‘Betrayal of people, planet’: World reacts to climate pact COP26 | Climate crisis news

Global climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, have ended with an agreement that the United Nations called both an “important step” and a “compromise” but which some activists dismissed as a “betrayal of the planet and the people”.

The pact, approved by nearly 200 countries on Saturday, received applause for keeping alive hopes of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), but disappointed many with a burden. -minute change that watered down crucial language about coal.

The review, promoted by India and supported by China, called on countries to “phase out” rather than “phase out” the use of the dirtiest fossil fuels.

The pact also did little to allay vulnerable countries’ concerns about long-promised funding from rich countries.

Following opposition from the United States and the European Union, the text omitted any reference to a specific financing facility for the “losses and damage” climate change has already caused in developing countries. Instead, it promised a future “dialogue” on the matter.

“The approved texts are a compromise,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “They reflect the interests, the circumstances, the contradictions and the political will in the world today.”

And while the deal proposes significant steps to be taken, it is “not enough,” he said. “It’s time to go into emergency mode.”

US climate envoy John Kerry welcomed the agreement, saying good compromises make everyone somewhat dissatisfied.

“Coming from Glasgow, we have dramatically increased the world’s ambition to solve this challenge in this decade and beyond,” he said, adding: “We are in fact closer than ever to avoiding climate chaos and achieving cleaner air and safer water and a healthier planet.”

Chinese negotiator Zhao Yingmin echoed that sentiment.

“I think our biggest success is to finalize the rulebook,” Zhao told reporters. “Now we can start implementing and delivering our consensus.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the host of the COP26 talks, also remained relatively optimistic.

“There is still a long, long way to go before we can say we have tackled climate change, but the good news is that the world has made some significant breakthroughs together,” he said late Saturday.

“We’ve kept hopes of limiting the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, and we’ve made huge strides in coal, cars, cash and trees. For the first time ever, we have more than 190 countries all in agreement to sound the death knell for coal energy. And tonight, the developed world has finally recognized the need to help poor and vulnerable countries deal with the loss and damage already caused by climate change.

The EU also welcomed the deal, saying it “gave us a chance to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius”.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said delegates have made progress on commitments to reduce hazardous emissions, as well as commitments to help developing and vulnerable countries.

“But there will be no time to relax: there is still hard work to be done,” she added.

Meanwhile, the representative from Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil producers, dodged questions and said all parties were “happy” with the climate pact.

“We are good, we are good,” said Ayman M Shasly, the Saudi representative. “The decision has been made. No comment. Everybody is happy. All parties are happy with the decision, so we are in a good position.”

Lee White, Gabonese environment minister and chair of the African negotiators, said the Africa team got “60 percent of what we hoped for”.

“We would have liked to have made more progress on reliable financing for adaptation,” he said. “But we have certainly received a very strong moral commitment from the EU and the US.”

However, small island nations said the “incremental progress” in Glasgow was not enough.

“What is balanced and pragmatic for other parties will not help the Maldives adapt in time,” said Aminath Shauna, environment minister for the low-lying island nation in the Indian Ocean. “It will be too late for the Maldives… We recognize the basis that this outcome provides, but it gives us no hope. It serves as yet another conversation where we put our homes on the line while those who have other options decide how quickly they want to act to save those who don’t.

Saleemul Hug, director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development, was blunt.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s a failure,” he said.

“(I) came here with a single agenda, which is to help the poorest people on Earth who are already suffering the effects of human-induced climate change. And we needed a facility here in Glasgow to finance loss and damage. 138 developing countries put language in the text yesterday. It was removed overnight. It’s not there anymore. It has been replaced by an offer of dialogue… absolutely disappointing and totally unacceptable.”

Other activists echoed the criticism.

Prominent environmentalist Greta Thunberg said the talks had yielded nothing but “bla bla bla”.

“The real work continues outside these halls,” the figurehead of the Fridays for Future movement posted on Twitter. “And we’ll never give up, never.”

Asad Rehman, campaigner at War on Want, a group working to end global poverty, described the deal as a “betrayal of people and the planet”.

“It’s a betrayal of science, it’s a betrayal of the reality of the climate impacts that are taking place and destroying people’s lives and livelihoods,” he said. “The only people celebrating this outcome are the hundreds of oil and gas industry lobbyists, the ones whose vested interests are basically saying, we can’t see change, we can’t move away from our economy’s fossil fuel addiction.”