Five key things we learnt during Boris Johnson's speech this afternoon

Boris Johnson addressed the nation in a major press conference tonight calling the Glasgow Climate Pact a “historic achievement”.

The Prime Minister stepped onto the podium eight minutes late and spoke of the achievements of the Cop26 climate summit as “groundbreaking”.

He said it was the largest political gathering of any kind ever held in the country and signaled the “beginning of the end of coal”.

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Almost 200 countries have signed up to the agreement, the first ever climate agreement to explicitly reduce coal, the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases.

But it has come under heavy criticism after a commitment to phase out coal contained in previous draft negotiations was watered down.

Instead, the countries have agreed to “phase out” instead of “phase out” coal.

Here are five important things we learned from the press conference.

The “great intellectual breakthrough”

Boris Johnson said the Glasgow climate summit marked a major breakthrough compared to previous ones.

He said, “We may not have fixed it [climate change] but we have the tools. “

He made it clear that “using public money to stimulate private investment” was “the great intellectual breakthrough of this summit”.

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“Historic” agreement on coal

Cop26 President Alok Sharma said the coal “phasing out” agreement was historic as Boris Johnson said changing the language of “coal phasing out” was still a big step in the right direction.

Mr Sharma said, “When I first grew up months ago, people told me that you would never get any money in the language, and we did. That is historical.”

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He added, “We have made a commitment from each country to come back next year and look at their goals … we made an agreement for the first time that there will be a report every year.” [into countries goals and emissions]. “

“Tipping point in the setting”

Boris Johnson said that while all deals at Cop26 are “totally dependent on the government sticking to its promises,” he is far more optimistic about the future of the world than before.

He said, “I feel like a turning point has been reached in terms of people’s attitudes.”

He said 90% of the world economy is now committed to Net Zero.

Mr Johnson added, “When Alok took over the government from Cop, it was only 30%.”

But he also admitted, “We can lobby, we can flatter, we can encourage, but we cannot force sovereign nations to do what they don’t want. It is ultimately their choice and they must stand by it.”

What Britain is doing next

Mr Johnson said the UK government will “move forward with decarbonization plans, the green industrial revolution and exporting this green revolution around the world”.

The summit “rejected” the temperature of the world

Boris added that the Glasgow talks put the world around 2 ° C warm.

The world is undeniably moving in the right direction, he says, and 1.5 ° C is still alive.

He added, “I know it’s tempting to be cynical and dismiss these types of meetings as talking shop… but real action is exactly what we have.

“Before Paris, the world was on course for a devastating 4 ° C warming …

“The world is undeniably moving in the right direction.”


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