US President Biden to attend COP26 climate conference Oct 15, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaLondonUS President Joe Biden will travel to Glasgow for crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) climate talks, the White House has confirmed.Biden will be one of around 120 leaders set to attend the world leaders’ summit at the start of the two-week conference, which aims to drive action to curb global warming and avoid its most dangerous impacts.He will come to the UK for two days after attending the G20 leaders’ summit in Rome, which will also be attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.The US charge d’affaires, Philip Reeker, said in a tweet: “It’s official - President Biden will travel to Scotland for COP26. The gathering in Glasgow will be a pivotal moment on the road towards a more secure, prosperous, and sustainable future for our planet.’’ Ahead of the talks, COP26 president Alok Sharma has urged world leaders to honour the Paris Agreement in 2015, which committed countries to try to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius - beyond which the most dangerous climate impacts will be felt.But current action and pledges leave the world well off track to meeting the goal and avoiding the most dangerous heat waves, floods, damage to natural systems, rising sea levels and spread of diseases that higher temperatures will bring.The UN climate talks in less than three weeks must secure agreement to accelerate climate action this decade to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal alive, Sharma has warned.Countries are expected to bring forward more ambitious plans before COP26, under a five-year cycle, to get the world on track to meet the Paris goals and the summit is being seen as the most significant since the talks in the French capital.All G7 nations, including the UK and US, have put forward new, more ambitious plans - known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement - for cutting emissions ahead of the talks. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES At least 46 killed after fire engulfs Taiwan high-rise building Oct 15, 2021 0 0 Police suspect terror link to Norway bow-and-arrow attack Oct 15, 2021 0 0 Pandemic led to more TB deaths, huge treatment shortfalls: WHO Oct 15, 2021 0 0 Armenia and Azerbaijan take conflict to UN court Amsterdam In the bitter conflict over the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia has accused neighbouring Azerbaijan of serious human rights violations before the International Court of Justice in The .. Australia’s Victoria leaps past 2,000 daily coronavirus cases dpa Sydney Victoria has topped 2,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time in the pandemic, as vaccination rates edge closer to targets in the Australian state. State health authorities on Thursday reported that .. Afghan women, Russia’s Navalny and Bolivia’s Anez up for EU prize dpa Brussels The European Parliament announced the shortlist for its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Thursday, an annual award used to highlight the work of political dissidents worldwide. EU lawmakers voted ..