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Climate Change

Coal set to be stumbling block at COP26 as China, India balk

Nations face uphill road to deal on emissions cuts at U.N. climate conference

A coal field in India: The country outperforms the U.S., Japan and Germany on a per-capita emissions basis.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A split over the near-term use of coal power threatens international cooperation at the United Nations climate summit later this month, pitting European proponents of an early exit with China, India and other countries opposed to quitting.

The disagreement could stymie an accord at the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP26, even after warming scenarios outlined in a recent report underscored the increasingly urgent need to cut carbon emissions.

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