Australian premier not sure if he will attend COP26 climate talks Sep 28, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaSydneyAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he isn’t sure if he will attend the COP26 global climate change conference in Glasgow.“I mean it is another trip overseas and I’ve been on several this year and spent a lot of time in quarantine,” he told the West Australian newspaper.“I have to focus on things here and with Covid. Australia will be opening up around that time, there will be a lot of issues to manage and I have to manage those competing demands.” The 12-day conference in November is billed as the most important meeting on the topic since the Paris climate summit in 2015.Leaders from all over the world plan to attend, including US President Joe Biden. It was not clear whom Australia might send to the conference instead of Morrison.Australia is among the countries with the highest global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per capita and is one the biggest coal exporters in the world.The Canberra government has so far refused to commit to a net-zero emissions target by 2050.A recent UN report said warming of 2.7 degrees by 2100 is currently foreseeable - but the Paris climate agreement envisages limiting the rise to 1.5 degrees if possible.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said climate protection efforts must be doubled to reach this goal.Morrison is a coal industry supporter. Australia has sent signals that it wants to stick to fossil fuels in the coming years. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Macron gets egged on his face at food fair Sep 28, 2021 0 0 Britain’s Johnson ‘considering sending in army’ as pumps run dry Sep 28, 2021 0 0 One dead after earthquake strikes Greek island of Crete Sep 28, 2021 0 0 Olaf Scholz bullish on left-leaning coalition after German election win dpa Berlin Olaf Scholz, the leader of Germany’s centre-left SPD, expressed confidence on Monday that he would be able to form a new coalition with two smaller parties, after 16 years of government under conservative .. Four inmates killed in foiled jailbreak in south Philippines Manila Four inmates were killed on Sunday in a foiled jailbreak in the southern Philippines, police said. One detainee and a member of the jail’s staff were wounded in the attempt at the Bureau of Jail Management and .. Belarus president rejects blame for migrant’s death Riga Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has denied bearing any responsibility for the death on Sunday of an 11-year-old who had been living in a migrant shelter in Lithuania, having crossed the border from .. Britain First leaders to pay damages over false allegations dpa London The leader and deputy leader of the far-right organisation Britain First have agreed to pay “substantial damages” to settle a libel claim after they falsely claimed the Halal Food Authority and two employees ..