15 Nov 2021

Updates on COP26

COP26 took place in Glasgow, between 1-12 November, bringing together world leaders to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The overarching aim of the conference is to limit global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees.

COP26 took place in Glasgow, UK over the last two weeks, bringing together world leaders to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The overarching aim of the conference is to limit global temperature rise to within 1.5 degrees. However, despite 25 years of pledges from governments to address climate change, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to increase.

The ‘Global Day of Action for Climate Justice’ march which took place in Glasgow on Saturday 6th November drew over 100,000 people to the city, as youth activists demanded more meaningful action. Developing countries are also calling on wealthier countries to fulfil their pledge to provide an annual $100bn to help poorer countries fight climate change. Ambitious actions are now needed to reduce emissions to zero by 2050.

There are reasons to be hopeful about achieving this target, following this year’s conference. The US and China, the world’s two largest emitters, have agreed to work together to deliver the 1.5 degrees target. Although pre-conference proposals included an agreement to accelerate the phase out of coal, but this target has been watered down to only addressing unabated coal power. Leaders from over 100 countries, containing 85% of the world's forests, committed to stop deforestation by 2030, and over 100 countries promised a 30% methane emissions reduction by 2030. While these pledges are promising, the time for action is now.

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