In the Scottish city of Glasgow, the United Nations climate agency on Wednesday released a draft of the final agreement of the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, which urges countries to set more radical targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the phase-out of coal use as well as fossil fuel subsidies. The document also says countries should stop emitting greenhouse gases “by or near mid-century”, but does not set precise or urgent deadlines for doing so or compliance policies.

Negotiators at COP26 will continue talks for the rest of this week before reaching a final agreement.

This comes as the Climate Action Tracker website, a project that monitors climate commitments and actions by different countries, revealed that the planet is on track to see a catastrophic temperature rise of 2.4 degrees Celsius this century, even with the commitments made by governments to reduce emissions.

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