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COP26 lays bare schism between developed and developing nations

Poorer countries weigh economic progress against environmental protection

Smoke and steam billows from a coal-fired power plant owned by Indonesia Power in Suralaya, Banten province.   © Reuters

LONDON/JAKARTA -- Alok Sharma, president of the recently concluded COP26 climate summit, struggled to hold back tears as delegates finalized the official statement after two weeks of meetings.

"May I just say to all the delegates that I apologize for the way this process has unfolded and I am deeply sorry," Sharma said. "I also understand the deep disappointment. But as you have noted, it is also vital that we protect this package."

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