Disagreements over emissions and coal persist in the run-up to COP26

The president of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) on climate, Alok Sharma, admitted on Monday that "divergences remain," such as the pace of emissions reductions by 2050 and the abandonment of coal as an energy source.

The British politician appeared before journalists with the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mexico's Patricia Espinosa, at the end of a meeting in London to prepare the summit, which will take place in Glasgow between October 31 and November 12.

Both noted that the two-day meeting, attended by ministers from 51 countries, including the US and China, was "very productive," although Sharma warned that there are still discrepancies and Espinosa said that "there is still a lot to do" to make COP26 a success.

The two highlighted as the main advance of the meeting, which was held in physical presence and not virtual, the general consensus that "a package of specific measures should be agreed upon to maintain the objective of limiting the increase in the global average temperature to 1.5ºC, with reference to the pre-industrial era.

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