Climate envoys agree more emissions cuts needed

Delegates from around the world have agreed that more must be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep the 1.5-degrees Celsius target within reach.

The agreement came at the preparatory meeting for the COP26 UN climate conference that ended in the northern Italian city of Milan on Saturday. US climate envoy John Kerry was among the participants.

The 2015 Paris Agreement set a target of limiting the rise in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

After the preparatory talks, COP26 President Alok Sharma from Britain told reporters that there was a consensus that countries need to do more in terms of keeping the 1.5 degrees within reach.

He also urged the governments and private sectors of developed nations to honor their commitment to providing 100 billion dollars a year to finance climate action.

Countries still differ over the pace of reductions and funds to be provided to developing nations.

Attention is focused on whether they can reach an agreement on concrete action to address climate change at COP26, which opens in Britain on October 31.