Nations reach climate agreement after India forces compromise on coal use

Change promoted by India commits to "phase down," rather than "phase out" coal power, the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

AP | PTI Glasgow
Climate change protest in Glasgow

A member of security moves to apprehend a demonstrator at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Almost 200 nations accepted a compromise deal Saturday aimed at keeping a key global warming target alive, but it contained a last-minute change that watered down crucial language about coal.
Several countries, including small island states, said they were deeply disappointed by the change promoted by India to “phase down,” rather than “phase out” coal power, the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “We are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe.”

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First Published: Nov 14 2021 | 5:32 AM IST

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