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UK Climate Diplomats Face Axe After COP21 Paris Summit

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

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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