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COP26|Climate Summit: “Phasing out coal” promises to shrink the role of China and India questioned-BBC News

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  • Navin Singh Khadka
  • Environmental Affairs Correspondent, BBC International Department

The Glasgow climate summit has once again pushed India and China into the spotlight. After India took the lead in opposition and China immediately supported it, the COP26 agreement “shrinked”—abandoning its promise to phase out coal.

In the end, countries agreed to “gradually reduce” rather than “phasing out” the use of coal, sparking concerns about whether the world can keep the planet’s warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

After the summit, COP26 chairman Alok Sharma (also translated by Cen Haowen) said, “China and India must make it clear what they have done to climate-vulnerable countries.”

But Sharma also said that the COP26 agreement is “epoch-making” and that “the 1.5 degree goal is still expected to be achieved.”

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