A WHARFEDALE MP is urging the Government to push for more ambitious environmental targets - despite a key climate summit being postponed.

Dozens of world leaders and some 26,000 people were set to attend the COP26 UN climate change conference in Glasgow this November.

But the United Nations announced on Wednesday, April 1 that the event was being pushed back to 2021 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

MP Alex Sobel (Lab, Leeds North West) agrees with the decision but says its is more vital than ever for the Government ‘to strain every sinew to reach out and ensure we get a Global Net Zero agreement’.

Green campaigners have also vowed to keep up the pressure on the world’s governments to make greater commitments to tackling climate change.

Environmentalists point out that the current commitments under the Paris agreement are not enough to slow global warming to less than 2C this century - the limit beyond which, scientists have warned, the impacts will become ‘catastrophic’.

The UK, as the host of the COP26 talks, is still hoping that countries will come forward with new greenhouse gas emission targets at the rearranged summit.