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The UK will be remembered for success or failure at the Glasgow climate summit

Next year’s COP26 offers Britain a chance to show global leadership. Will it take it?

By Isabel Hilton  

An environmental campaigner in Glasgow. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images

John Murton, now in his late 50s, has had a distinguished foreign office career, which includes ambassadorial posts to several countries in Africa. He lists his passions as renewable energy and Welsh rugby and he tweets in a cheerfully upbeat tone: his response, for example, to an election result that might have daunted the most resilient foreign office heart, was an enthusiastic tweet that pointed out that all parties were committed to net zero—the UK’s ambition to bring emissions…

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