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Climate Change

Japan said to lobby for weakened U.N. report ahead of COP26

Australia and Saudi Arabia also balk at rapid phaseout of fossil fuels: U.K. media

A demonstrator holds up a sign at a Fridays for Future climate strike in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 1.   © Reuters

LONDON -- Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia sought to revise a key climate change report over wariness of swiftly moving away from fossil fuels, documents leaked to British media show.

The still-uncompleted report -- part of which was published in August by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- is said to have called for cutting fossil fuel use to keep global warming to between 1.5 C and 2 C compared with preindustrial levels.

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