The Queen intends to host world leaders at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow despite cancelling a scheduled visit to Northern Ireland on medical advice.
News of the Queen’s intention to press ahead with plans to attend the summit — which starts on Sunday, October 31 — will come as a boost to the Government, with China’s President Xi Jinping expected to snub the event and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin confirming yesterday that he would not be coming to Scotland.
In a further blow to the summit, a huge leak of documents has revealed how some major nations including India, Japan and Australia are trying to dial down commitments on eradicating polluting fossil fuels.
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News of the Queen’s intention to press ahead with plans to attend the summit — which starts on Sunday, October 31 — will come as a boost to the government
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The documents, published by Greenpeace’s Unearthed investigation team and reported by the BBC today, are among of thousands of submissions made by governments and companies for a UN scientific report on climate change.
One senior Australian government official rejects the conclusion that closing coal-fired power plants is necessary.
And according to one Indian scientist, coal is likely to remain the mainstay of the country’s energy production for decades because of its providing affordable electricity. India is the second biggest consumer of coal.
However, it emerged today that Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will attend Cop26.
India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, and Mr Modi’s participation was considered critical.
“The PM is going to Glasgow,” environment minister Bhupender Yadav told Reuters.
Boris Johnson has said that reducing the world’s reliance on coal is one of the key aims of the Cop26 summit.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister appealed to world leaders to make “bigger commitments” to slashing harmful greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
Today’s leaks place fresh questions over whether world leaders will be able to agree on new climate targets in Glasgow — although scientists have insisted the UN does not have to take all comments from countries into account in their final report next year.
Cop26 president Alok Sharma said yesterday: “Progress has been made, but clearly there’s still more to do. We are still waiting for some of the largest emitters to come forward with their 2030 emission reduction plans.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed yesterday that the Queen had reluctantly cancelled a visit to Northern Ireland after receiving medical advice that she needed to rest for the next couple of days. Informed sources said there would not be regular bulletins on the 95-year-old monarch’s health, “That’s it,” said one senior figure, “She’s resting and will return to duties in due course.”
It has been confirmed too that the Queen’s enforced rest was not in any way Covid-19 related. The Palace statement said: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.
“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, college leaders have warned that education on climate change and sustainability should be made compulsory on all post-16 courses or the Government’s Cop26 ambitions are likely to fail.
The majority of college students are on a course without a broad coverage of climate education, according to the Association of Colleges [AOC]. Ahead of the summit, more than 150 college leaders have warned that reaching net zero emissions by 2050 is unlikely to succeed without making climate education part of all post-16 courses.
In an open letter to the PM, the Cop26 president, the Business Secretary and the Education Secretary, college leaders argue that a £1.5 billion investment is needed to transform college classrooms and provide the equipment needed to train people for green jobs.
The association is also calling for the Lifelong Loan Entitlement to be brought forward to deliver the training needed in priority green sectors.
It added that there should be compulsory climate and environmental education modules in all study courses in post-16 education.
David Hughes, chief executive of the AOC, said: “The role of education and skills in tackling the challenges to society posed by climate change must not be underestimated.
“The Government’s plans for the transition to net zero simply will not work without aligning education policy with climate and sustainability priorities — that includes embedding climate modules in all study courses.”
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “As we build back greener from the pandemic, we are committed to supporting people to get the green skills they’ll need for the careers of tomorrow.”
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