Boris Johnson to address nation with Downing Street press conference at 5pm

PRIMEMinister Boris Johnson is to hold a major press conference later today.

The PM will appear from Downing Street to discuss the newly agreed pact alongside COP26 President Alok Sharma.


For the first time the world’s most powerful nations have committed themselves to cutting fossil fuel use.

Almost 200 nations have signed off on a historic climate pact at the COP26 conference in Glasgow after a gruelling two weeks of negotiations.

Countries around the globe have committed to strengthening targets to curb emissions and increasing efforts to cease reliance on unabated coal and fossil fuel subsidies.

Boris said the agreement was a "big step forward" but admitted there is still a lot to do in the coming years.

He said: "I hope that we will look back on COP26 in Glasgow as the beginning of the end of climate change, and I will continue to work tirelessly towards that goal."

Negotiations surpassed the original deadline on Friday at 6pm.

But the 197 nations finally managed to agree on the final text – and promised to increase their emissions-cutting targets for 2030 by the end of next year.

After a lengthy 15 days of talks, delegates pledged to double funding for developing nations to adapt to climate change by 2025.

As well as this, they agreed to prioritise working out financial aid for developing countries dealing with the devastation climate change causes.

But this comes amidst the bitter disappointment of super-polluters China and India watering down plans to eradicate them at the last-minute.

Experts claim that the deal is "meek" and "weak" with the 1.5C goal is "only just alive.

Bringing an end to COP26, President Alok Sharma said despite the 1.5C target agreed in Paris in 2015 still being in reach, "its pulse remains weak".

However the pact to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is highly significant.

By next year governments will have to come up with hard-edged plans on how to deliver these outcomes.

Bringing an end to COP26, President Alok Sharma said despite the 1.5C target agreed in Paris in 2015 still being in reach, "its pulse remains weak".

He was given a standing ovation after his gruelling role in handling the crucial climate conference came to an end.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Glasgow has been a missed opportunity — a summit too often of climate delay not climate delivery.”

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