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Australia’s Leader Says He May Not Attend UN’s COP26 Climate Summit

  • Morrison says nation will be represented at very senior level
  • International pressure building to commit to net-zero target

Australia’s coal-supporting leader indicated he may skip another major climate summit, this time the crucial United Nations’ COP26 conference starting in Glasgow at the end of this month.

The nation “will be represented at a very senior level” at COP26, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who didn’t attend a climate-based conference while in the U.S. last month, said Tuesday in an interview on Channel 9. Australia, one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel exporters and per-capita emitters, faces pressure to become one of the last developed economies to commit to a net-zero emissions target.