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UK Climate Diplomats Face Axe After COP21 Paris Summit

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Ed King, Climate Home

Network of envoys working on low carbon strategies and climate vulnerability in developing countries likely to shrink after Foreign Office cuts

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The UK’s global network of climate diplomats is facing the chop days before negotiations on a new UN deal to tackle global warming open in Paris.

More than 100 posts are under threat, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) set for 25-40% resource budget cuts by 2019-20 under a spending review due out on 25 November.

“The rumours – so we have been told – are they are going to axe the climate posts once the COP [Paris climate summit] is over,” said Barry Gardiner, Labour’s shadow climate minister.

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