Pandemic puts COP26 climate meeting on hold

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April 2 (Renewables Now) - This year’s UN climate change summit COP26, scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November, has been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the British government said on Wednesday.

The conference will be rescheduled for a later date next year but it has yet to be decided. The place for the 10-day meeting will remain unchanged.

“In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible,” said the UK government, which is hosting the event together with Italian partners. It noted in the statement that the rescheduling will provide more time for additional preparations for the venue.

Glasgow’s SEC conference and entertainment complex, where the summit was planned to be held, will be converted into a temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients.

“In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement,” said UN climate change executive secretary Patricia Espinosa.

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