COP26: Leaders call for urgent climate action on first day of talks

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Merkel said the world needs a “comprehensive transformation” to fend of the worst effects of climate change World leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, called for urgent action to tackle climate change at the UN’s COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on Monday. “We’ve taken a number of decisions of the year 2015 [the year of the Paris agreement] as a guiding line,” Merkel told the climate conference in her opening remarks. “As we’ve been hearing more than once, we are not yet where we need to be,” she added. “We must and we can implement the Paris agreement,” Merkel said. “The world community hopes that we present ourselves in a better shape at the end of this conference than we found ourselves in the beginning,” Merkel added. Animals dying on a suffering planet Environmental experts and activists said it’s up to world leaders to make ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to keep those promises. “The animals are disappearing, the rivers are dying and our plants don’t flower like they did before. The Earth is speaking. She tells us that we have no more time,” Txai Surui, a 24-year-old indigenous youth leader from the Amazon rain forest, […]

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