8 Aug 2021

‘Dangerously close to a catastrophe,’ warns UK climate chief

News Correspondent

The president of the Cop26 summit Alok Sharma has warned that the world is “dangerously close” to running out of time to tackle climate change – saying failure to limit temperature rises to 1.5 Celsius would be “catastrophic”.

But critics have accused Mr Sharma of hypocrisy, saying he’s failed to condemn Government plans for more fossil fuel extraction, including a new oil field off the coast of Shetland and a coal mine in Cumbria.