Tuvalu "disappointed" by last-minute changes at COP26

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Tuvalu's Foreign Minister Simon Kofe said on Monday (November 15) that the summit pact sealed over the weekend should have called for the phasing out, rather than phasing down, of coal use, a late change spurred by coal-dependent India and China.

"We were disappointed with the last-minute change, the language around the coal, from 'phasing out' to 'phasing down'. I think we were quite disappointed as well as other Pacific Island countries with that last-minute change," Kofe told Reuters.

Kofe said some big emitters, including Australia, should have committed to more ambitious emissions reduction targets at Glasgow to help limit warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

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