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What the COP26 Climate Conference Really Accomplished

Here's what world leaders agreed to — and what they didn't — at the U.N. climate summit:

  • The U.N. climate summit ended with calls on governments to return next year with tougher pledges to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Nations made new pledges on methane gas pollution, deforestation, coal financing, as well as a completion of long-awaited rules on carbon trading and a notable U.S.-China deal.

  • Climate scientists, legal experts and politicians argue the final deal out of Glasgow resulted in incremental progress inadequate to address the climate crisis.

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