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Prince Charles says the window to address global warming is 'dangerously narrow'

Prince Charles says the window to address global warming is "dangerously narrow" ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate summit.

In a video address to the Saudi Green Initiative Forum on Saturday in Riyadh, the Prince of Wales said that climate change and biodiversity loss are "clear global challenges of paramount importance to the world."

"At the same time, the ongoing pandemic has highlighted that human health, planetary health and economic health are fundamentally interconnected," Charles said. "We now have a dangerously narrow window of opportunity in which to accelerate the green recovery."

The 26th U.N. Climate Conference, also known as COP26, is slated to begin in Glasgow on Oct 31. There, countries will negotiate action on keeping global temperatures from rising no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius and increasing international financing for climate adaption.

Saudi Arabia, a leading global oil producer, launched the Saudi Green Initiative earlier this year.

As part of the initiative, Saudi Arabia committed to increasing its share of energy from renewables to 50 percent by 2030 and reduce carbon emissions by more than 4 percent of global contributions. The nation also aims to plant 10 billion trees.

Charles, who has long been an outspoken advocate of climate change, said it was "enormously encouraging" to see the nation's commitments, but said it was important to accelerate "mainstream sustainability" into the economy. 

He added that COP26 "must pursue ambitious nationally determined contributions" that have clear baselines.

"We simply must heed this message, and above all, consider the kind of future existence that we are bequeathing to our grandchildren and their children's children," he continued.

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