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Live Updates: Third Day of COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow

Representatives from 200 nations have arrived in the UK to take part in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in order to discuss steps towards achieving global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the next three decades.
The COP26 summit in Scotland enters its third day, as world leaders are discussing climate change, deforestation, and other issues.
The summit, held from 31 October - 12 November, aims, among other things, at securing global net-zero emissions by 2050 and keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
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17:05 GMT 02.11.2021
US to Slash Methane Emission By 41Mln Tons Through 2035 - Environmental Protection Agency
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will slash methane emissions by 41 million tons over the next 14 years, targeting the equivalent of the pollution caused by all US automobiles and commercial jets in 2019 as part of its commitment to the COP26 Summit, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.
"As global leaders convene at this pivotal moment in Glasgow for COP26, it is now abundantly clear that America is back and leading by example in confronting the climate crisis with bold ambition,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan said in a statement. “The proposed rule would reduce 41 million tons of methane emissions from 2023 to 2035, the equivalent of 920 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.”
That would be the equivalent of the carbon dioxide emitted from all US passenger cars and commercial aircraft in 2019, Regan said. “In 2030 alone, the rule would reduce methane emissions from sources covered in the proposal by 74 percent compared to 2005,” the statement said.
The EPA acknowledged that the US oil and natural gas industry was the largest industrial source of methane emissions, emitting more methane than the total emissions of all greenhouse gases from 164 countries combined.

Oil and natural gas operations also emit smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) and toxic air pollutants such as benzene that harm public health, the statement said.
“EPA analyzed the proposed rule’s impact on natural gas and oil prices from 2023 to 2035 and estimates that changes would be small - pennies per barrel of oil or thousand cubic feet of gas,” the statement said.
On the part of the United States, the value of cumulative net climate benefits from the proposed rule, after taking into account the costs of compliance as well as savings from recovered natural gas, would be $48 to $49 billion from 2023 to 2035 - or the equivalent of about $4.5 billion a year, the statement added.
The climate benefits were estimated using the social cost of greenhouse gases and represented the monetary value of avoided climate damages associated with a decrease in emissions of greenhouse gas. In addition to the monetary benefits, EPA said it has estimated that from 2023 to 2025, the proposal would reduce VOC emissions by 12 million tons and hazardous air pollution by 480,000 tons.
17:03 GMT 02.11.2021
UK’s Johnson Slams Current Target on Sustainable Aviation Fuel
LONDON (Sputnik) – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday slammed current targets on aviation sustainable fuel as “pathetic” and claimed the sector can do better than that to reduce carbon emissions.
“The target at the moment is to get to 10% sustainable aviation fuel for the whole world by 2030. How pathetic is that! We can do better than that, folks,” Johnson told world leaders attending the high-level segment of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.
In his address to an event aimed at rallying more action on green technology, the COP26 host urged participants, including US President Joe Biden, the Duke of Edinburgh and Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, that “we should be far, far more ambitious,” after admitting that aviation is a “tough nut to crack.”
15:36 GMT 02.11.2021
UK Apologizes for Failure to Provide Wheelchair Access to Israeli Minister at COP26
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – London has apologized to the Israeli delegation for its failure to ensure that Israeli Energy Minister Karine Elharrar could enter the venue of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in her wheelchair, UK Environment Secretary George Eustice said on Tuesday.

Elharrar was unable to attend the first meeting of the summit participants on opening day of the event after she could not get through the security points of the COP26 compound in her wheelchair. The minister had to return to the hotel.

“There was something obvious that went wrong in this instance, so they were not aware of that and so they had not made the right provisions at the particular entrance she was going to. It is deeply regrettable and we have apologized,” Eustice told the BBC.

At the same time, he added that the Israeli side should have advised the organizers in advance about the minister’s needs.

The Israeli delegation is reported to have filed a formal complaint with the organizers over the incident.
15:09 GMT 02.11.2021
Putin Tells COP26 Forest Conservation Key to Address Global Warming
LONDON (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told world leaders attending the high-level segment of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow that forest conservation was a “key component” of the struggle to tackle global warming and reduce carbon emissions.

“I am convinced that the conservation of forests and other natural ecosystems is a key component of international efforts to address global warming and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases,” Putin said in a pre-recorded video message broadcast at the Forest and Land Use panel.

After noting that Russia accounts for around 20% of the world’s forest land, the Russian leader said the government is taking “the strongest and most vigorous measures” to conserve it.

“We improve forest management and fight illegal logging and forest fires. We are expanding reforestation areas. We have been consistently increasing funding for these purposes,” he added.

Putin voiced his country’s support to the draft and joint resolution seeking to end deforestation by 2030, arguing that the proposal will “undoubtedly” serve to fulfill the objectives of reducing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere set out in the Paris Agreement.
12:50 GMT 02.11.2021
Japan to Allocate Up to $10Bln to Support Asia's Decarbonisation, PM Kishida Says
TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japan plans to allocate up to $10 billion within the next five years to support effort toward Asia's decarbonisation and to double its financial aid to foreign countries' fight against climate change and natural disasters to $14.8 billion, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Tuesday at the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

"In addition to the $60 billion provided through private and government funding over the five years, which was announced last June, Japan intends to provide up to $10 billion over the next five years to support the decarbonisation effort in Asia," Kishida said.

Tokyo also intends to allocate up to $240 million to support the forest preservation programme, the prime minister noted.

The prime minister noted that the question of surging energy prices arises as "we are moving toward complete decarbonization of Asia and the world".

"Japan intends to double to about $14.8 billion its financial assistance to third countries to implement measures in such area as natural disaster prevention," Kishida added.

Tokyo also intends to allocate up to $240 million to support the forest preservation programme, the prime minister noted.
10:34 GMT 02.11.2021
COP26: Over 100 World Leaders Pledge to End Deforestation by 2030, Reports Say
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) talks with United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres as they wait to greet leaders at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.11.2021
COP26: Over 100 World Leaders Pledge to End Deforestation by 2030
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