First News: Was COP26 a success?

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After two weeks of discussions, the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow has come to an end, with opinion divided over whether it was a success.

Tuvalu’s foreign minister, Simon Kofe, delivered his COP26 speech knee deep in seawater to highlight how his island nation is being affected by climate change

On the positive side, huge progress was made in getting countries to agree on cutting emissions and reducing use of fossil fuels. Although many scientists and campaigners have said the reductions don’t go far enough, it’s hoped that progress will speed up and countries will agree to further cuts next year.

Alok Sharma MP, the COP26 President, said: “China and India will have to explain themselves and what they did to the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world,” after the two countries insisted that the world should “phase down” rather than “phase out” the use of coal.

“Glasgow is the start line and not the finish,” said Tanya Steele, UK head of WWF. “The UK presidency must continue to ensure that every climate promise is kept.”


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By Molly

My name is Molly and I live at the Cotswold Wildlife Park with my dad, mum and brother Henry.

My dad looks after all the animals but his special friends are the rhinos. I enjoy helping my dad at work and help to feed and pick up the poo of the different animals.

Henry and Molly meet baby Molly

The animals I enjoy helping with the most are the rhinos, who have really big poo, which is super smelly!

We have a daddy rhino called Monty and mummy rhinos called Nancy and Ruby. They have had lots of babies and Ruby has just had a baby girl.

My dad named the baby rhino after me because I am such a good helper and look after the rhinos so well. I like visiting baby Molly and enjoy stroking her through the bars when I come to see her.

She likes it when I stroke her under her chin and this makes her sit down. When I grow up I want to be a vet nurse so I can help look after all of the animals, but especially the rhinos.



November 18-21

The charity Centrepoint is challenging individuals, groups, companies and schools to swap their beds for sleeping bags and sleep outside to raise funds and increase awareness of homeless young people across the UK.


November 20

Founded by the United Nations, the day is all about celebrating children across the globe and improving children’s welfare.


November 25

A national holiday in America that celebrates the harvest and other blessings from the year. People mark the day with food, fireworks and parades.

Fireworks (photo:iStock)


I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! kicks off on Sunday 21 November. Ant and Dec are back at Gwrych Castle in Wales for this year’s series. Contestants lining up to compete in some gruesome trials include pop star Frankie Bridge, EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt and diver Matty Lee.

Ant and Dec (photo: Getty)

Doug the mutant potato could be the heaviest ever. The giant vegetable was found by New Zealand farmer Colin Craig-Brown while weeding his garden. It’s thought to have been growing for several years and weighs a whopping 7.8kg (17.2lbs). Guinness World Records is yet to verify the massive spud.

Doug the potato (photo by Donna Craig-Brown)


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