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UPDATE 1-UK's Johnson says COP26 success hangs in the balance

Mon, 25th Oct 2021 12:08

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LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris
Johnson said on Monday it was "touch and go" whether the
upcoming United Nations COP26 global climate conference will
secure the agreements needed to help tackle climate change.

Britain hopes the summit in Glasgow, which begins on Oct.
31, will adopt plans to help limit the rise in the average
global temperature to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial
levels and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

"It is going to be very, very tough this summit. I am very
worried because it might go wrong and we might not get the
agreements that we need and it is touch and go, it is very, very
difficult, but I think it can be done," Johnson said during a
news conference with children.

Johnson, as host of the summit, has cast the meeting as one
of the last major chances to slow rising temperatures, and had
hoped it would showcase his attempt at global leadership.

Hopes of a major breakthrough deal at the summit were dealt
a blow last week when the Kremlin said Russian President
Vladimir Putin would not fly to Scotland for the talks. There is
also uncertainty over whether China's Xi Jinping will attend.

"It's very very far from clear that we'll get the progress
that we need," Johnson said.
(Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan, Editing by
Paul Sandle)

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