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COP26 protests begin as summit president urges delegates to hurry

Climate demonstrators gather in Glasgow calling for urgent action as the UN climate summit ends its first week, which saw a string of announcements and pledges made. Despite some progress in setting direction, a lot remains to be achieved, with several of the world's biggest polluters still not quite on board.

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Thousands of demonstrators are set to march in Glasgow, Scotland, over the next few days, as the COP26 climate summit wraps up its first week. They’re protesting government inaction, lack of access to conference events and what activist Greta Thunberg has described as “greenwashing.”

There’s been some progress so far – including deals on phasing out methane, coal and fossil fuel funding – but they’re not backed by some of the world’s largest polluters, and a closer look reveals some important exceptions and loopholes. Much work also remains on establishing international carbon markets.

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