SCOTLAND won a Ray of the Day award at COP26 after Nicola Sturgeon committed £1 million to help developing countries affected by climate change.

The Climate Action Network (CAN) prize was also awarded to India for its commitment to meet 50% of its renewable energy requirements by 2030.

But Norway, Japan and Australia all received the "Fossil of the Day" award, which is given to countries that CAN believes are “doing the most to achieve the least on climate change”.

The money for the Scottish project will come from the Government’s £6 million-a-year Climate Justice Fund, helping communities repair from and build resilience against climate-related events.

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The First Minister said: “Through our work on climate justice, Scotland continues to proudly support nations which – despite having done the least to cause climate change – are already suffering its impact.

“We don’t have the resources of other western governments, but we can lead by example.

“And so I’m pleased to announce that not only are we doubling our climate justice fund to £24 million – we’re also entering into a partnership with the Climate Justice Resilience Fund to support communities and address loss and damage, supported by this £1 million investment.

“I hope this will galvanise other organisations to support the partnership – and show world leaders that where small nations lead they can follow, by making similarly ambitious commitments during COP26.”