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U.N. climate summit heads into extra time as negotiators work to strike deal

A delegate sits in the Action Zone inside the venue of the COP26 U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 12. (Alastair Grant/AP)

GLASGOW, Scotland — The U.N. climate summit has officially blown past its Friday-evening deadline as leaders and negotiators continue to work to strike a deal that could spare the world the most dire effects of global warming.

Here’s what to know

  • Countries continue to debate the rules for carbon markets; financial support for vulnerable nations; and provisions calling for the phasing out of coal and fossil-fuel subsidies
  • Speaking at a gathering of delegates, U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry called government policies subsidizing oil, gas and coal production “a definition of insanity,” even as he defended draft language that whittled down the effort to curb the burning of fossil fuels.
  • Activists are continuing to demonstrate Friday. Speakers from civil society groups and the climate justice movement held a “People’s Plenary” in the conference venue and are rallying outdoors.

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