COP26 negotiators reach climate agreement in Glasgow, but acknowledge it won’t avert dangerous warming – The Washington Post

Today at 2:51 p.m. EST|Updated today at 3:12 p.m. EST

GLASGOW, Scotland — Exhausted negotiators from nearly 200 nations struck a deal Saturday intended to propel the world towardmore urgent climate action, but without offeringthe transformative breakthrough scientists say must happen if humanity is to avert disastrous planetary warming.

Complete coverage from the COP26 U.N. climate summit

Two weeks of high-profile talks yielded a package that pushes countries to strengthen near-term climate targets and move away from fossil fuels faster. It insists that wealthy countries fulfill a broken promise to help vulnerable nations cope with the rising costs of climate change. And it cracks open the door to future payments developed nations might make for damage already done.

Saturday’s agreement, however, does not achieve the most ambitious goal of the 2015 Paris accord — to limit Earth’s warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels. Instead, delegations left Glasgow with the Earth still on track to blow past that threshold, pushing toward a future of escalating weather crises and irreversible damage to the natural world.

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