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Australia PM to Attend COP26 as Net-Zero Pressure Mounts

  • Morrison is under pressure to set firm goal ahead of talks
  • China’s Xi Jinping not expected to join Glasgow climate summit
Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed he’ll attend the COP26 climate summit, raising prospects for the laggard nation to finally commit to a 2050 net-zero emissions target.

Australia, one of the world’s top fossil fuel exporters, has trailed Group of 20 nations in failing to set a formal goal and Morrison has come under pressure from the U.S. and U.K. Morrison had also previously been reluctant to confirm his attendance at the Glasgow talks, citing a desire to avoid Covid quarantine on his return.