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G20 leaders face tough climate talks on Sunday

G20 leaders face tough climate talks on Sunday on the second day of their summit in Rome, Italy.

The difficult task is to overcome their differences over how to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, ahead of a crucial United Nations summit on climate change.

The first day of the Rome summit focused mainly on health and the economy, with climate and environment high on the agenda of their talks on Sunday. The Rome Summit marks the first face-to-face meeting of leaders since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Climate scientists and activists are likely to be disappointed if a last-minute breakthrough is not achieved, as the draft G20 final statement shows little progress in making new commitments to reduce pollution.

The G20, which includes Brazil, China, India, Germany and the United States, contributes an estimated 80 percent of carbon emissions that scientists say must be sharply reduced to avert a climate catastrophe.

That is why the Rome meetings are seen as an important starting point for the UN Climate Summit, which is attended by nearly 200 countries in Glasgow, Scotland, and to which most G-20 leaders will head directly from Rome.

Source: Reuters

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