A preliminary draft of the COP26 climate summit agreement was released earlier this week with landmark language explicitly calling for the reduction of fossil fuel consumption, in a break from previous climate accords.
Now, more recent draft proposals instead urge countries to speed up “the phaseout of unabated coal power and of inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels.”
Still, in the context of sensitive climate diplomacy, the new language marks a significant step.
Over two decades of global climate talks, collective calls from negotiating nations to eventually halt the use of fossil fuels have been rare.
Here’s why that’s the case.