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COP26 Ends With Promises, But Not Nearly Enough Progress

9 Mins Read By Tina Gerhardt The UN climate conference’s agreement acknowledges several key issues for the first time—but doesn’t do enough to address them. As COP26 drew to a close with the Glasgow Climate Pact, a 10-page document, the results were… mixed. In many ways, its results signal a tale of two globes. While delegates from the Global South […]

COP26 Not Tackling Food and Livestock Emissions, Experts Warn

3 Mins Read As world leaders gathered at COP26 to draw up plans to tackle climate change, one big thing was missing from the agenda: food. With the global food system accounting for nearly a third of emissions, experts say that bringing food and agriculture into climate talks will be “critical” to meet the 1.5℃ under the Paris […]

Cop26 Climate Plans Will Still Lead To 2.4℃ of Global Heating

3 Mins Read The planet is still on track to see global temperatures rising by 2.4℃, despite the current pledges made at Cop26. The new analysis, which shows that the world will far exceed the 1.5℃ limit of the Paris agreement, criticises Glasgow for its “massive credibility, action and commitment gap”.  New data shows that the world is […]

Whose Voices Are (and Aren’t) Being Heard at COP26?

8 Mins Read By Rachel Sarah “COP26 is looking like one of the most inequitable, White, and segregated COPs to ever occur,” says Ayisha Siddiqa, a climate activist who traveled from New York City to Glasgow for the long-awaited 26th Conference of the Parties, which began on Oct. 31. Over the course of 13 days, parties to the 1992 United […]

What Is Deforestation? And Is Stopping It Really Possible?

9 Mins Read By: Patrick Greenfield As world leaders prepare to commit to halting the destruction of forests, here’s everything you need to know about some of the planet’s most biodiverse places. Forests and nature are centre stage at Cop26. On the second day of the Glasgow summit, world leaders are announcing a commitment to halting and reversing […]

Is the Global Methane Pledge Just “Words on Paper”?

8 Mins Read By Amy Westervelt More than 70 countries, including the United States, have promised to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Is it enough? This week at COP26, more than 70 countries, led by the European Union and the United States, formally announced their commitment to the Global Methane Pledge: a promise to reduce methane emissions […]

There’s Still Time to Fix the Climate—About 11 Years

8 Mins Read By Mark Fischetti On October 31 world leaders will descend on Glasgow, Scotland, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in a last-ditch effort to defuse the climate emergency by limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Reaching that level would still bring violent storms, deep flooding, gripping droughts and problematic sea-level rise, but […]

Leaked Files Expose Nations Lobbying Against UN Climate Action

4 Mins Read Just days ahead of COP26, leaked documents reveal how big polluter countries have been lobbying against climate action and are seeking to water down a landmark UN IPCC report. Countries involved range from major oil and coal-rich nations like Saudi Arabia and Australia to big beef producing countries such as Brazil and Argentina.  Leaked files […]