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COP26 may enter extra time: Austria

Austria’s environment minister says she’s preparing for another day or two of tough negotiations at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, that is officially scheduled to wrap up on Friday evening.

“We still have two intense days, and likely also at least one intense night, possibly two, ahead of us,” Leonore Gewessler told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Negotiators from almost 200 countries are haggling over a series of agreements they hope will keep alive the chance to meet the 2015 Paris accord’s goals on global warming.

“We are now in the phase of the conference where many of the papers are already on the table as proposals, with a lot of different options that still need to be talked through,” Gewessler said.

Austria and its European Union allies would be pushing for an “ambitious” agreement, she added.

“A strong signal on protecting the climate has to be sent from Glasgow.”

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