First week of COP26 offers big climate pledges, but Catholic activists want details

By Brian Roewe
November 5, 2021

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — Billions of dollars and a bevy of new commitments from countries to move away from fossil fuels represented promising developments during the first week of the United Nations climate summit, say Catholic development agencies here, but just how significant they are will depend on the details.

After opening with a series of speeches from world leaders who signaled the urgency of climate change, COP26 shifted to negotiations, where delegates from nearly 200 countries discussed how to meet their shared commitment under the Paris Agreement to hold global warming to a level that would avoid its most devastating impacts.

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