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COP26 Glasgow climate conference

Following two weeks of high-profile negotiations for urgent climate action, world leaders have come to an agreement

After two weeks of talks in Glasgow, diplomats from almost 200 countries reached an agreement to ramp up their carbon-cutting commitments, phase down fossil fuels and increase aid to poor countries on the front lines of climate change. But the deal doesn’t offer the transformative breakthrough scientists say must happen if humanity is to avert disastrous planetary warming.

Read the full text of the agreement here, with annotations.


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World leaders will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 for the 26th annual United Nations conference on climate change. (Video: Joy Yi/The Washington Post)

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