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Are COP26 climate crisis talks heading towards failure?

Some scientists say COP26 commitments on deforestation, coal power and a fund for developing nations do not go far enough.

The United Nations COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is at its halfway point.

World leaders have spent the past week debating ways to cut carbon emissions and limit a global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Pledges so far include ending deforestation by 2030, phasing out coal power and setting up a fund to help developing nations.

But many environmentalists say the commitments do not go far enough.

With less than a week to go, what is needed to ensure COP26 does not end in failure?

Presenter: Rob Matheson


David Imbago Jácome – Ecuadorian youth climate activist and medical doctor

Mark Ruskell MSP – Scottish Green Party politician and spokesperson on environment

Dipti Bhatnagar – International climate justice and energy programme coordinator, Friends of the Earth International