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COP26

Nations strike climate deal after India-led compromise on coal

Last-minute drama switches wording from 'phase out' to 'phase down'

GLASGOW, Scotland -- In a dramatic turn in the final moments of the U.N. international climate conference, nearly 200 countries agreed on a global climate deal at COP26 here on Saturday, with a last-minute amendment to only "phase down" coal rather than "phase out" the fossil fuel.

The move, proposed by India in an oral amendment during the formal plenary, faced vocal protests from island states and other nations, but as no formal objection was made, the deal passed, concluding more than two weeks of negotiations.

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