COP26: time to make carbon polluters pay, not just talk emissions cuts


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As detailed preparations begin for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, attention is turning to “deep decarbonisation”. In short, the message that the time for talk is past is at last getting through. The urgent priority is now for multilateral agreement on practical steps that start to sharply reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Only now that the US has rejoined the climate discussion does this become possible. Together with other high-income countries, plus big emitters such as China, India, South Africa and Russia, the road map and milestones to huge reductions in net emissions and “net zero” by 2050 must...