Tuvalu "disappointed" by last-minute changes at COP26

As the climate summit in Glasgow comes to a close - Foreign Minister of the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has criticised the outcome.

Simon Kofe said on Monday took aim at the watered down pledge of phasing down coal, rather than 'phasing out'.

"I think we were quite disappointed as well as other Pacific Island countries with that last-minute change. . .I think that we would've liked to see bigger countries take bigger cuts on their emission."

One of those countries - is Australia.

Kofe recognised the difficulty of weaning off coal, but expressed frustration at Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison's approach to emissions targets,

"I also acknowledge the challenge that they have also in Australia with mining playing a big part of their economy, creating jobs. So I see it as a dilemma that Australia and other countries face. You have your immediate economic interests that you have on one hand and then you have the well-being of the world."

For Tuvalu, where the highest point is four metres above sea level, any rise in the sea level means parts of some islands

will be washed away. Other parts will be uninhabitable.

Tuvalu is looking at legal ways to keep ownership of its maritime zones and recognition as a state if the island nation is completely submerged.

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