LONDON – Prince Charles issued a warning to the world days before leaders gathered in Britain for crucial UN climate talks, saying there is an “alarmingly narrow” window to deal with the global warning.

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The heir to the British throne said on Saturday that the summit in Glasgow, starting October 31, showed that “after a very long time,” climate change and loss of biodiversity are “most important to the world”.

In a recorded message to the Saudi Green Initiative Forum, 72-year-old Charles – a longtime environmentalist – said the coronavirus pandemic “has highlighted that human health, planetary health and economic health are fundamentally intertwined.” Huh.”

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“We now have an alarmingly narrow window of opportunity in which to accelerate a green recovery, while laying the foundation for a sustainable future,” he said.

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Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil producers, says it aims to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060. China and Russia have set the same net-zero date, while the United States, the European Union and Britain are targeting. 2050.

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Delegates from nearly 200 countries will gather in Scotland at the end of the month for a two-week UN climate conference, known as COP26. Organizers say this is one of the last opportunities to deliver on carbon-cutting promises that could keep global warming within manageable limits.

British official Alok Sharma, serving as COP26’s chairman, said making enough effort to keep countries warm at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – the goal agreed at a summit in Paris in 2015 – “will be really difficult.” . “

Current emissions-reduction commitments are not enough, and major polluters, including China and India, have yet to submit new carbon-cutting plans for the next decade.

“It was fantastic, what they did in Paris was a framework agreement, (but) a lot of the detailed rules were left for the foreseeable future,” Sharma told The Guardian newspaper.

“The question is whether countries in Glasgow are ready to move forward and commit to a consensus on keeping 1.5C alive, that will be where the challenge lies.”