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‘Fragile, imperfect’ deal to stop global warming needs nations to act fast

If countries don’t start acting with a sense of urgency on climate change, there will be zero net-zero

Senior features writer

In the climate race, global warming is winning. Countries have not flexed the muscle needed to carry the planet they have harmed across the finish line to a degree of safety — a cap on global warming of 1.5ºC.

A new climate deal (https://unfccc.int/news/cop26-reaches-consensus-on-key-actions-to-address-climate-change), signed in Glasgow on Saturday night, shows the world is moving in the right direction but the effort is weak and the pace dangerously slow.

In the final hours of this month’s COP climate summit, COP26 president Alok Sharma said the target of “keeping 1.5 alive” was within reach. “But its pulse is weak.  And it will only survive if we keep our promises and if we translate commitments into rapid action.”..

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