Negotiations extended

The president of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow has put negotiations to save the planet into overtime.

Broad consensus on a deal to curb emissions was elusive on Friday, when the summit was scheduled to end.

Alok Sharma issued a statement later in the day.
Earlier, negotiators failed to agree on a draft text. It reaffirms the need to accelerate actions over the next decade aimed at limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Sharma says he will issue revised documents by Saturday morning local time. And he hopes to start adopting decisions in the afternoon.

Governments are being asked to strengthen their emissions targets by the end of next year. Developed countries are being called on to urgently provide 100 billion dollars of climate action funding annually to developing nations.

The European Union supported Friday's draft. But developing nations including Guinea said they cannot move forward without funding to address losses and damage resulting from climate change.

The draft also calls on countries to quickly adopt policies to transition away from coal power to low-emission energy systems. It says the use of unabated coal power needs to be phased out rapidly.

Some countries also oppose a scheme allowing emissions trading between governments and the private sector.