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THE
United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), planned
November in Glasgow (Scotland), was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic of the
new coronavirus, announced the British government, quoted by AFP.

"Given away
the global and continuous impact of covid-19, it is not possible to maintain COP26
ambitious and inclusive in November 2020 ", informed the British government
on its website, adding that COP26 (formally known as the 26th
Conference of the Parties) will take place in 2021 in Glasgow, but on a date
designate.

THE
decision to postpone COP26 was taken by the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change, by Great Britain and Italy, a country that should host
some preparatory events.

THE
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote on the social network Twitter
which was a "disappointing decision, but absolutely correct, because everyone
countries are focused on fighting the coronavirus ".

THE
Glasgow Arena, which was supposed to host the event, was named as the venue
chosen for the installation of a temporary hospital for patients with covid-19.

THE
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defined as a priority the
climate change, but Britain's mandate at the helm of the conference
had an unstable and troubled start, even before the outbreak of the
covid-19.

In
January, Boris Johnson fired Claire O'Neill, a former minister who had been
last year to lead the event and was replaced by
State Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok
Sharma.

"Let's go
continue to work tirelessly with our partners to address the
climate crisis and I look forward to scheduling a new date for the
conference, "said Alok Sharma.

THE
UN Executive Secretary on Climate Change, Patrícia Espinosa, said
that the new coronavirus "is the most urgent threat facing humanity
currently ", but countered that no one should forget that" the change
climate change is the greatest threat that humanity will face in the long term ".

THE
meeting in Glasgow was due to take place five years after the Paris climate agreement,
of 2015.

The
countries that have signed the Paris agreement should provide an update on
its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for
by global warming.

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environmental activists recognized that the postponement makes sense.

"Not
it makes sense to bring together people from all countries in the middle of a pandemic ",
said, Mohamed Adow, a longtime participant in climate meetings, who
leads the "Power Shift Africa" ​​think tank, quoted by the AP.

Adow
stressed, however, that postponing the conference should not prevent countries
to take measures to contain global warming, and suggested plans to resume
savings in line with environmental concerns.

THE
new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has infected more than 905
thousand people worldwide, of whom almost 46 thousand died. Of the cases of
infection, at least 176,500 are considered cured.

After
in China in December, the outbreak spread across the world, which
led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation.

In
Portugal, according to the balance sheet made this Wednesday by the Directorate-General of
Health, 187 deaths and 8,251 confirmed infections were recorded. From
infected, 726 are hospitalized, 230 of which in care units
intensive, and there are 43 patients who have recovered.

Portugal,
where the first confirmed cases were registered on March 2,
is in a state of emergency from 00:00 on March 19 until 23:59
of April 2nd.

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