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COP26: World meets for climate summit

COP26: World meets for climate summit

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins on Sunday in the Scottish city of Glasgow

Delegates from about 200 countries will be there to announce how they will cut emissions by 2030 and help the planet.

With the world warming because of fossil fuel emissions caused by humans, scientists warn that urgent action is needed to avoid a climate catastrophe.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the summit will be the "world's moment of truth".

Speaking before the two-week conference, he urged leaders to make the most of it: "The question everyone is asking is whether we seize this moment or let it slip away."

COP26 President Alok Sharma said agreement would be "tougher than what we achieved in Paris" five years ago, when almost all the world's nations agreed a treaty to "pursue efforts" to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C.

"This is on leaders," he said. "They need to come forward and we need to collectively agree how we are going to meet this goal."

He said "we expected more" of countries such as China, the world's largest carbon emitter, and called the summit a "real opportunity" for them to show leadership.

Day one will see a report on the state of the climate released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The WMO's provisional report by climate scientists will compare global temperatures this year so far with previous years.

Extreme weather events linked to climate change - including heatwaves, floods and forest fires - are intensifying.

The past decade was the warmest on record, and governments agree urgent collective action is needed.

The United Nations gathering is one of the biggest summits the UK has ever hosted, and was delayed for a year because of the pandemic. COP stands for "conference of the parties" and it is the 26th such conference.

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