Some 30,000 people, including 200 world leaders, were due to attend the 10-day conference [Jeremy Selwyn/WPA Pool/Getty Images]

This year’s United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country the United Kingdom has said.

The most important climate summit since Paris 2015, also called COP26, was scheduled to take place in the British city of Glasgow in November. It will now be held in 2021.

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British Business Minister Alok Sharma, who was also due to preside over the COP26 talks, said with countries struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, governments needed more time to prepare.

“We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis,” Sharma said. “And I

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