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World leaders are facing calls for urgent action to limit dangerous temperature rises at the start of a crunch UN climate conference.

By stephen mcilkenny
Monday, 1st November 2021, 3:31 pm

The conference is underway in Glasgow with Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and other leaders all in attendance.

Air Force One landed in Edinburgh ahead of the summit with Boris Johnson welcoming other global leaders.

Nicola Sturgeon was also meeting with the likes of David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, with protests also taking place throughout the country.

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US President Joe Biden has stressed the opportunities on offer from addressing climate change.

We bring you the latest updates and news stories from around the conference as we get them.

COP26 RECAP: Updates as crunch UN climate conference gets underway

Last updated: Monday, 01 November, 2021, 10:03

Hello and welcome to the Scotsman’s live blog for COP26. World leaders are facing calls for urgent action to limit dangerous temperature rises as they gather for a summit at the start of a crunch UN climate conference.

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged a £1 million fund to help developing countries deal with “loss and damage” from climate change, such as floods and wildfires.

You can read the full story HERE

Police officers watch from a footbridge above the Kingsway in the centre of Glasgow ahead of the start of the Cop26 summit in the city.

Bin collectors and street cleaners have walked out on strike as Glasgow hosts world leaders for the Cop26 summit, amid a row between a union and the city council.

GMB members walked out at one minute past midnight on Monday following the collapse of last-ditch talks between the union and Glasgow City Council on Sunday evening.

Full story HERE

There are going to be some traffic issues with closures as a result of COP26, and an accident on the M8 is adding to the rush hour delays.

The world leaders and politicians are starting to arrive ahead of the summit today.

Nicola Sturgeon told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that she did not know if the UN’s COP26 climate conference would be a success.

She said: “I don’t know is the honest answer to that right now. I’m not round the negotiating table, Scotland’s not yet an independent country but I’ll be doing everything I can to make it a success.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she “shares” Boris Johnson’s pessimism of a positive outcome to the climate talks at Cop26 but urged world leaders to “put our shoulders to the wheel”.

Scotland’s First Minister told Sky News: “The Prime Minister is right to be pessimistic at this stage – I share his pessimism.

“We’ve all got to put the pessimism to one side and put our shoulders to the wheel.”

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