• UN Reports Fossil Fuel Production Plans Exceed Climate Targets
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A new report by the U.N. Environment Program says plans by governments to continue to extract fossil fuels up to 2030 are incompatible with keeping global temperatures at safe levels.

The BBC's Matt McGrath reports.


This report says the major coal, oil and gas producers, including the U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Australia, expect to extract 110 percent more fossil fuel by 2030 than would be compatible with the 1.5 Celsius rise in temperatures.

Coal production is likely to drop, but gas will increase the most in the coming years.

In 11 days time, the U.K. will host the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

This report illustrates just how far countries will have to move if the key goal of keeping 1.5 alive is to be realized.

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