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"The world is closer than it's ever been to signalling the beginning of the end of anthropogenic climate change."- Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister

COP: Day 10 update

The main focus of day 10 of the COP 26 summit was the release of the first draft of an agreement outlining how countries will work together to combat climate change and keep global temperatures below the 1.5°C target. This seven-page draft agreement was published by the UK Cop26 presidency, and its main point is that countries, particularly those with significant economic wealth, should be assisting other countries as well as themselves in dealing with the effects of climate change.  The draft agreement also goes on to state that achieving the Paris climate agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C will require meaningful and effective action in "this critical decade." 

The agreement also addresses the issue of finance, as richer countries have been reprimanded by less economically wealthy countries for not putting enough money into the fight against climate change despite being major contributors to the problem. 

Furthermore, the agreement appears to set a clear goal for the transition to net zero, stating that countries must submit long-term plans for reaching net-zero by the end of next year.

In terms of next steps, the draft agreement will then have to be negotiated and agreed by all the countries present at the COP 26 summit- and negotiations have the potential to continue long after this week. Speaking at a press conference Boris Johnson admitted that this problem will not be fixed in one go, but highlighted that with this deal there was still the possibility that in the remaining days we could have the “first genuine roadmap to tackle climate change”. Once agreed, then action will be required and, as Johnson stated there is still "a long way to go."

Moreover, other events of the day include Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham announcing plans for a new bicycle network that will help reduce car trips in the city; this plan is part of a larger plan to make the region's transportation network net-zero by 2030. By summer 2022, the new scheme will be fully operational, with bike rental stations located throughout Manchester, including Salford and Trafford.