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COP26 Summit Live Updates: PM Modi bats for global solar power grid at COP26 summit

COP26 Summit LIVE: "Solar energy is totally clean & sustainable. Challenge is that this energy is only available during daytime and dependent on weather. 'One Sun, One World & One Grid' is solution to this problem," he said.

By: Science Desk
Updated: November 2, 2021 10:16:33 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Conference 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (PTI)

COP26 Live News:  Speaking at a session in Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that Solar energy is totally clean and sustainable and offered a ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ solution to combating its availability during daytime and dependence on weather.

“Solar energy is totally clean and sustainable. Challenge is that this energy is only available during daytime and dependent on the weather. ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ is solution to this problem. Through a worldwide grid, clean energy can be transmitted to anywhere and anytime,” he said.

Earlier today, Modi also held bilateral talks with his Nepalese and Israeli counterparts on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow and discussed bilateral relations. He also met Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and discussed ways to further sustainable development and steps to mitigate climate change.

Meanwhile, leaders at the COP26 global climate conference in Glasgow have pledged to stop deforestation by the end of the decade and slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane to help slow climate change.

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COP26 Live Updates: India announces net-zero target by 2070; PM Modi says need to include climate change syllabus in schools. Follow this space to track the latest developments from Glasglow summit

22:16 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Armies must keep pace with global climate efforts: NATO chief

The world's armies must keep pace with global efforts to tackle climate change and cut their huge carbon footprints according to clearly defined benchmarks, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

"There is no way to reach net zero without also including emissions from the military," Stoltenberg said in an interview at the COP26 climate conference, referring to the ambitions of many nations to hit net-zero emissions by mid-century. (Reuters)

21:20 (IST)02 Nov 2021
ISRO will provide solar calculator to the world soon: PM Modi

"Our ISRO will soon provide the world with a solar power calculator that can measure solar energy potential of any region across the globe," PM Modi said at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Conference 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (PTI)
21:19 (IST)02 Nov 2021
PM Modi offers 'One Sun, One World & One Grid' solution at COP26

Speaking at a session in Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said that Solar energy is totally clean and sustainable and offered a ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ solution to combating its availability during daytime and dependence on weather.

“Solar energy is totally clean and sustainable. Challenge is that this energy is only available during daytime and dependent on the weather. ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ is solution to this problem. Through a worldwide grid, clean energy can be transmitted to anywhere and anytime,” he said.

20:55 (IST)02 Nov 2021
'We will lead by example,' says US President Biden at COP26

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States would lead by example when it comes to sharing green technology innovations.

"The United States will lead by example and share with the world our considerable powers of innovation," Biden was quoted as saying by Reuters. He also said that the US will help in halting natural forest loss. 

20:52 (IST)02 Nov 2021
PM Modi among those who understand how to tackle climate change: Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Tuesday said that PM Narendra Modi is among those who understand very well how to tackle climate change. Johnson had also welcomed PM Modi’s climate commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions and for half of India’s energy to come from renewables by 2030.

20:26 (IST)02 Nov 2021
PM Modi meets Israel, Nepal PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his Nepalese and Israeli counterparts on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. He also held talks with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and discussed bilateral relations between the two nations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba in Glasgow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. (Twitter/PMOIndia)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
(Twitter/PMOIndia)
20:06 (IST)02 Nov 2021
PM Modi meets Bill Gates in Glasgow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on the sidelines of the climate summit here and discussed ways to further sustainable development and steps to mitigate climate change.

The meeting between Modi and the American business magnate, whose foundation is focusing on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, took place after the former launched the Initiative for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) for developing infrastructure of small island nations. Read the full report here.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow. (Twitter/@PMOIndia)
20:03 (IST)02 Nov 2021
COP26 Summit: Visuals from Glasgow

Here are some visuals from Glasgow where the COP26 global climate conference is currently underway. 

US President Joe Biden walks on stage at the Global Methane Pledge event during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021. (Reuters)
Britain's Prince Charles, right, greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of their bilateral, during the COP26 summit at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. (AP)
A giant model of Earth is seen in a meeting hall during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021. (Reuters)
Climate activists dressed as world leaders take part in a "Squid Games" inspired protest during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 2, 2021. (Reuters)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio participates in the Global Methane Pledge event during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 2, 2021. (Reuters)
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19:35 (IST)02 Nov 2021
South Africa promised funds to ditch coal plants

The United States and several European countries plan to provide funds and expertise to help South Africa ditch coal and roll out more renewable energy.

German officials said South Africa will receive about $8.5 billion in loans and grants over five years to manage the country's transition away from coal-fired power plants, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

South Africa gets about 90% of its electricity from coal-fired plants. (AP)

A mural, refers to the goal to limit global warming to a 1.5 Celsius temperature limit, inside the venue of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (AP)
18:14 (IST)02 Nov 2021
A day late, Israeli minister in wheelchair can access COP26

Israel’s energy minister, who uses a wheelchair, was able to attend the global climate summit Tuesday, a day after police prevented her from reaching the venue.

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar arrived at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow alongside Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, using a blue ramp to enter the building, according to footage sent by Bennett’s office.

“Tomorrow the exact same thing will be here,” he said, gesturing toward the accessible entrance. “It’s very important, so is the message” it sends, he said. Full report here.

Israel Energy Minister Karine Elharrar arrived on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 to the global climate summit in Scotland, a day after police prevented her wheelchair accessible vehicle from reaching the conference's venue. (AP)
18:13 (IST)02 Nov 2021
How much are countries pledging to reduce emissions?

As the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, gets underway this week, many countries have vowed to do more to fight climate change. Yet those plans still fall short of what’s needed to avoid a dangerous rise in global temperatures.

Data from Climate Action Tracker reveals emissions pathways for the world’s 10 biggest polluters. They account for more than two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full report here.

Tourists watch the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, near El Calafate, Argentina, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. (AP)
17:55 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Leaders link tackling water and climate at COP26 as crisis looms

Governments and UN agencies meeting at COP26 in Glasgow formed a water and climate coalition on Tuesday to address growing hazards and shrinking reserves. Led by the presidents of Tajikistan and Hungary, the coalition will seek to implement reforms that the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization says are needed in the global management of water resources. (Reuters)

17:07 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Joe Biden caught ‘dozing off’ at COP26 summit, video goes viral

As world leaders have gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 climate summit, US President Joe Biden is going viral for an “embarrassing” reason: ‘dozing off’. Surrounded by many diplomats and delegates, the 78-year-old was caught on camera, with his eyes closed for a few seconds at the global warming conference. While it was not clear whether he really dozed off or took a brief moment to rest, it started doing rounds on the internet and left netizens divided online. Read the full report here.

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16:31 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Bezos announces two billion dollar fund to restore nature and transform food systems

In September, nine philanthropic organisations pledged a $5 billion over the next 10 years to support the monitoring and conservation of land, inland water and sea. The organisations made an effort to “protect 30% of land and sea by 2030 to prevent mass extinctions and bolster resilience to climate change.” Jeff Bezos's Bezos Earth Fund had pledged $1 billion towards this. 

Today, he announced an additional $2 billion to restore nature. 'We need to conserve what we still have, restore what we have lost and grow what we need to live without degrading the planet for future generstion,' he said.

15:50 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Over 100 leaders have committed to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030
15:42 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Joe Biden announces new plan to conserve forests

US President Joe Biden announced a new plan to conserve global forests, restore carbon sinks and improve land management.

He said that US will help the world restore 200 milion hectares of lost forests by 2030. He added that his government will deploy 9 billion dollars to conserve and restore global forests.

The President said that he would work with local and Indigenous people to make sure that the new approaches are effective and focussed on vulnerable populations. "Let's get to work. We can do this. This will have a generational impact," added President Biden. 

15:23 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Leader's event: Action on Forests and Land-use

Twenty three countries have come together for a COP26 initiative to protect the world’s forests through responsible and sustainable trade. Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced that the country would join UK in co-chairing Forest, Agriculture and Commodity Trade (FACT) Dialogue.

14:58 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Nearly 90 countries join pact to slash planet-warming methane emissions

Nearly 90 countries have joined a US- and EU-led effort to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels, a pact aimed at tackling one of the main causes of climate change, a senior Biden administration official said. The partnership will be formally launched later on Tuesday. Read more here.

13:46 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Over 100 global leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030

More than 100 global leaders late on Monday pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade, underpinned by $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring forests.The joint statement at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow was backed by the leaders of countries including Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which collectively account for 85% of the world’s forests. Click here to read more

13:44 (IST)02 Nov 2021
Explained: 1-billion-tonne emissions cut: Why it’s a big leap forward

According to the World Resources Institute, India’s total greenhouse gas emissions were about 3.3 billion tonnes in 2018. It’s projected to rise above 4 billion tonnes per year by 2030.

That would mean between now and 2030, India could be emitting anywhere between 35 to 40 billion tonnes at the current rates of growth. Cutting 1 billion tonnes would, therefore, represent a reduction of 2.5 to 3 per cent in its absolute emissions in the business-as-usual scenario in the next nine years. Read more here.

PM Modi arrives in Glasgow (Twitter/@narendramodi)

speaking at COP26 summit, Prime Minister Modi said that there is a need to include climate change adaptation policies in the school syllabus to make the next generation aware of issues. "We have to make adaptation the main part of our development policies and schemes. In India, schemes like 'Nal Se Jal', Clean India Mission & Ujjawala have not only given adoption benefits to our citizens but also improved their quality of life," PM Modi said.

The two-week event, from October 31 to November 12, will see leaders from more than 190 countries, thousands of negotiators, researchers and citizens coming together to strengthen a global response to the threat of climate change.

The official agenda of the meeting is to finalise the rules and procedures for implementation of the Paris Agreement, which was supposed to have been completed by 2018.

According to the United Nations Climate Change Framework Convention (UNFCCC), COP26 will work towards four goals:

1. Secure global net-zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach 2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats 3. Mobilise finance 4. Work together to deliver

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First published on: 01-11-2021 at 01:54:32 pm
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