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Climate talks resume, cautious coal phaseout still on table

  • By Frank Jordans and Seth Borenstein/AP
A climate activist takes part in a demonstration outside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Negotiators from almost 200 nations were making a fresh push Friday to reach agreements on a series of key issues that would allow them to call this year's U.N. climate talks a success. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Scott Heppell / AP

A climate activist takes part in a demonstration outside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Negotiators from almost 200 nations were making a fresh push Friday to reach agreements on a series of key issues that would allow them to call this year's U.N. climate talks a success. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

(Glasgow, Scotland)  —  Negotiators at this year’s U.N. climate talks are poring over fresh proposals for sealing a deal that could credibly be said to advance the world’s efforts to tackle global warming.

A proposal for the overarching decision retains contentious language calling on countries to accelerate “efforts towards the phase-out of unabated coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.”

But in a new addition, the text says nations will recognize “the need for support towards a just transition” — a reference to calls from those working in the fossil fuel industry to get financial support as they wind down jobs and businesses.

Scientists say the world is not on track to achieve the 2015 Paris accord’s ambitious goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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