The Guardian – Patrick Greenfield et al. / COP26: world leaders agree deal to end deforestation
- World leaders have agreed a deal that aims to halt and reverse global deforestation over the next decade as part of a multibillion-dollar package to tackle human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
- Xi Jinping, Jair Bolsonaro and Joe Biden are among the leaders who will commit to the declaration at COP26 in Glasgow on Tuesday to protect vast areas, ranging from the eastern Siberian taiga to the Congo basin, home to the world’s second largest rainforest.
- Land-clearing by humansaccounts for almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, largely deriving from the destruction of the world’s forests for agricultural products such as palm oil, soy and beef.
- By signing the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use, presidents and prime ministers from major producers and consumers of deforestation-linked products will commit to protect forest ecosystems.
- Reuters – Anthony Boadle / Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions rose 9.5% in 2020 with Amazon deforestation – study
Financial Times – Jim Pickard, Camila Hodgson and Leslie Hook / India steps forward with new climate pledge at COP26
- India’s prime minister Narendra Modi vowed to cut his nation’s emissions to net zero by 2070, a big turnaround for the world’s third-largest polluter, as part of a several new targets set on the first full day of the COP26 climate summit.
- India would get half its energy from renewable sources by the end of this decade, Modi said, while also demanding that rich countries pay $1tn to help developing countries reach their climate goals.
- Vietnam said it would target net zero by 2050, while Brazil is aiming to cut emissions by 50 per cent this decade.
- However, neither the US nor China, the world’s biggest emitters, came forward with any new progress on their climate policies.
- Politico – Zia Weise, Cornelius Hirsch and Karl Mathiesen / 5 expectations for the COP26 climate summit, in charts
Reuters – Richard Cowan and David Morgan / In blow to Biden, Joe Manchin will not commit to backing 1.75 trillion spending bill
- President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda suffered a major setback on Monday when Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he would not commit to supporting a $1.75 trillion framework on social spending and climate change unveiled last week.
- “While I’ve worked hard to find a path to compromise, it’s obvious: Compromise is not good enough for a lot of my colleagues in Congress. It’s all or nothing, and their position doesn’t seem to change unless we agree to everything,” Manchin told a news conference.
- “Enough is enough. It’s time our elected leaders in Washington, all of us, stopped playing games with the needs of the American people in holding a critical infrastructure bill hostage” Manchin added.
- Manchin spoke four days after Biden visited Capitol Hill to unveil a $1.75 trillion proposal that would offer free preschool for 3- and 4-year olds, expand home care for the elderly and offer tax credits for companies investing in clean energy sources.
- The Washington Post – Glenn Kessler / Why Biden says his plan is ‘fiscally responsible,’ while Manchin decries ‘gimmicks’
Financial Times – Laura Hughes et al. / EU holds last-ditch talks to resolve UK-France fishing dispute
- Brussels was engaged in last-ditch talks on Monday to try to defuse an escalating dispute between the UK and France over post-Brexit fishing rights, prompting Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, to suspend a threatened round of sanctions against the UK while the negotiations continue.
- Paris had vowed to block UK fishing boats from landing their catches at French ports and to increase checks on UK imports to France from midnight on Monday if Boris Johnson’s government did not grant more licenses to French boats.
- But Macron said hours before the deadline that he would delay the measures to “give a chance” for the talks due to continue on Tuesday. “You don’t impose sanctions while negotiations are continuing,” he said on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
- “The coming hours are important . . . I understand the British are going to come to us with other proposals.”
- Politico – Cristina Gallardo / Why Britain and France can´t stop fighting about fish
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