Leaders arrive for final climate deal negotiations

The two-week U.N. climate talks in Scotland are in their final hours, wrestling with a fresh draft of an agreement intended to give the world a realistic shot at avoiding the worst effects of global warming.

Timmermans said he believed a deal could be done but that significant hurdles remained as he entered the plenary hall.

"Everybody gets it but obviously some people are more dependent than others and I think it's fair to say that it's not about shaming those countries," Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Jorgensen told reporters.

Alok Sharma, the British conference president, said he expected COP26 to close on Saturday afternoon (November 14) with a deal between the almost 200 countries present, ranging from coal- and gas-fuelled superpowers to oil producers and Pacific islands being swallowed by the rise in sea levels.

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