It was not clear, however, why the developing world leaders who would be attending the talks would be looking for Ms Sturgeon’s support, and what influence she could have on the leaders of the big industrial powers like us and China on the fringes of the summit.

Alluding to the idea that Scotland will be represented as part of the United Kingdom at the climate change summit by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the SNP leader said:”we are not an independent state, not yet”

Nicola Sturgeon used a speech ahead of the Copenhagen Summit to urge the countries with the highest emissions targets including China, Russia, the United States and India to do greater work on climate change.

The SNP leader said deploying oil and gas to maintain energy supplies was’ not justifiable in the light of the climate crisis’, adding that ‘it cannot be justified economically either’.

Keeping the growth of temperatures as close as possible to 1.5 ° C was one of the key agreements of the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, with the forthcoming Cop26 event in Glasgow seen as an opportunity to step up efforts to do so.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross accused Sturgeon of playing politics and trying to distract from conference to unite around a common vision – for her personal divisive advantage.

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