Greenpeace on COP26: Emissions must halve by 2030

The United Nations COP26 summit that starts in Glasgow this week has been billed as a make-or-break chance to save the planet from the most calamitous effects of climate change.

"To keep that 1.5 goal in sight we need to the United States and China and Brazil and Saudi Arabia all come in and lift their ambition to keep that goal in sight," Morgan told Reuters on the first day of the conference.

Meeting the 1.5 C goal, agreed in Paris to much fanfare in 2015, will require a surge in political momentum and diplomatic heavy-lifting to make up for the insufficient action and empty pledges that have characterised much of global climate politics.

The conference needs to secure more ambitious pledges to further cut emissions, lock in billions in climate finance, and finish the rules to implement the Paris Agreement with the unanimous consent of the nearly 200 countries that signed it.

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