New global alliance takes on gas and oil drilling

Efforts to end oil and gas drilling are gaining traction at the COP26 UN climate change conference in Britain. Ten governments have joined a new international coalition that aims to eventually end production in their territories.

France, Ireland, and the Canadian province of Quebec are among those that joined the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance on Thursday. The group was formed by Costa Rica and Denmark earlier this year.

Costa Rican environment and energy minister Andrea Meza Murillo called for countries to be courageous and adopt concrete action.

Members will set a date to end the digging of oil and natural gas, and take measures to reduce additional production.

They will also encourage other countries to join the movement. But the US, Japan, China, and most major oil-producing nations have so far refused to sign on.