The climate summit in Glasgow was attended by world leaders who reached new agreements on Tuesday. These agreements included a reduction of deforestation and a reduction in methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. Now, the conference shifts to a more grueling phase.
Diplomats will try to reach agreement on deeper greenhouse gas reductions over the next week-and-a-half, with heads of state or government absent, and how to deliver on an unmet promise from more that a decade ago, to deliver $100 billion annually by 2025 to help poor countries transition away from fossil fuels to prepare for climate change.
Most importantly, vulnerable countries are urging major emitting countries to increase their climate targets every year to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to levels before the Industrial Revolution.
Live updates from COP26
Our team in Glasgow will cover the negotiations, protests, and more. You can also follow the action live with our briefings. Here’s the Wednesday edition. You can also keep yourself updated on our website. climate and environment page.
Glasgow is your homeWhen world leaders arrived at summit, protesters were waiting to greet them.
‘No More Blah, Blah’: Greta Thunberg joined demonstratorsOutside the United Nations climate conference, and accused political leaders inaction in the fight to the climate crisis.
From the Opinion section
$3.5 trillion is a pittance What we don’t spend now to fight climate change will cost us much more laterAbrahm Lustgarten (ProPublica’s environmental reporter) writes in a guest essay.
The road to climate restoration It runs through our forestsJohn Reid, senior economist at Nia Tero and Thomas E. Lovejoy (biologist and senior fellow at United Nations Foundation), write that they agree.
Hello from Glasgow, where I’m reporting on the United Nations climate summit with my Times colleagues Somini Sengupta, Brad Plumer and our editors.
This conference marks the 26th attempt by the U.N. to encourage governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are increasing the planet’s temperature. Each meeting had its own personality. Having been to 10 of them, I’d describe the mood this time as far more somber than in years past.
Six years ago, world leaders and diplomats were thrilled when nearly 200 countries reached a landmark climate agreement in Paris’ suburb of Le Bourget. Under the Paris Agreement, every nation promised to curb emissions enough to collectively keep global warming “well below” an increase of 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with preindustrial levels.
Well, the Earth’s global surface temperature has already increased by about 1.1 degrees Celsius compared with the average before 1900. So, the pressure is on in Glasgow to see countries do far more to cut emissions — and to do it before the end of this decade.
These talks feel less energetic due to the fact that environmental groups are not allowed into the main negotiating halls due to coronavirus restrictions.
This video gives you an idea of the scene in the main venue. behind-the-scenes virtual tour.
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