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Franz Timmermans of the EU, vice president of the European Commission, has told Cop26 that he “rolled up his sleeves” when the summit enters the critical part of the negotiations, when commitments must be made to avoid failure. The EU was previously criticized for failing to step up.

“Consider that my sleeves are rolled up,” said Timmermans. “We are ready and willing to ensure that we meet the highest levels of ambition possible, leading to immediate global action.”

He said the “clear intention” in the draft “hedging decision” to close the gap in emissions cuts needed to keep 1.5 ° C alive in one year was extremely important.

The hedging decision was deemed weak in terms of the funding needed by vulnerable nations. But Timmermans said: “In the last three days, almost $ 800 million has been raised to finance adaptation, in support of the most vulnerable developing countries. More than three-quarters come from Europe. “

“I listen to requests for more. And I can only say: the EU is here. We will continue to listen and are ready to participate in discussions about future commitments. “

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UK rail unions have called for massive increases in spending on rail infrastructure and services and deep cuts in fares, in a bid to move people from their cars to carbon-neutral trains.

Gary Kelly, a Scottish organizer for the TSSA union, said the International Panel on Climate Change had warned this summer that it was a “code red” for humanity.

“It is not just the weather that is in code red, it is the railroad itself,” Kelly said at an event in Glasgow scheduled to coincide with Cop. “The time to talk is over and we need to act.”

In a rare joint policy statement, the four rail unions – TSSA, RMT, Unite and Aslef – have called for all Scottish rail services to be nationalized, peak rail fares removed and significant additional spending to be made to upgrade and improving the network, including much greater use of freight trains.

Kelly said the UK government has proposed cutting up to 10,000 rail jobs across the UK and closing ticket offices. The Stonehaven derailment last year in northeast Scotland, which killed three people and injured six in August 2020, was caused by storms triggered by climate change that weakened the embankment.

ScotRail and the Scottish government wanted to cut 300 services a day, said Mick Hogg of the RMT. That would damage services and increase dependence on cars and roads.

“As far as we are concerned, the Scottish railway is burning and no one is listening,” Hogg said.




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