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Top Energy Agency Says COP26 Pledges Signal 1.8°C of Warming

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Pollution-cutting pledges made at crunch climate change talks in Glasgow would put the world on track for 1.8 degrees Celsius of global warming, according to the International Energy Agency.

Among the dozens of new promises made by countries at COP26 this week, India announced a target for net zero emissions by 2070, while nearly 100 nations signed a joint U.S.-European Union pledge on Tuesday to collectively reduce global methane emissions 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.