What was the actual outcome of the Glasgow COP26 summit on climate change? This episode of The Conversation WeeklyPodcast: We speak with researchers from around the globe to hear their perspectives on the negotiations.
Alok Sharma, a British minister, was the president of COP26 when he finally brought down the gauntlet at the Glasgow COP26 climate summit. became emotional. “I apologise for the way this process has unfolded, and I am deeply sorry,” Sharma said, adding: “I also understand the deep disappointment.”
Headlines were focused on a change in language at the Glasgow Climate Pact’s last minute regarding fossil fuels. A call on countries to “phase out” coal power was changed to “phase down of unabated coal power” – that’s coal power that doesn’t include the capture and storage of carbon dioxide emissions. The change was blamed. some say unfairly, on India & China.
What does the final agreement look like for different regions of the world? In this episode, we’re joined by Jack Marley, UK energy and environment editor for The Conversation, who was in Glasgow for COP26 and spoke to experts from around the world about what was going on.
Saleemul Huq, director at the International Centre for Climate and Development of the Independent University Bangladesh, tells our audience (at 3m00s), that despite promising announcements in week one, such as about cutting, there has been no significant progress. methane emissionsAnd halting deforestation, “the climate is telling us, very vividly, that you’re not doing enough”.
The summit’s final stages are completed by the US and ChinaAn agreement was made to sign a bilateral agreement to collaborate on reducing emissions. Professor Richard Beardsworth of international relations at Leeds University in England explains the larger political significance of this move (at 18m45s). Rachel Kyte, dean at the Fletcher School of Tufts University in America (at7m40s), explains the wider political significance of the move.
Anna Malos, country lead for Australia at ClimateWorks, part of Monash University in Australia, says while there are always going to be big problems with what’s agreed at COP summits, what she really saw was a “big step up in momentum”. Malos explains (at 24m10s) what the final agreement means for Australia – a significant exporter of fossil fuels.
We hear from Intan Suchi Nurhati (an expert on climate and oceans in Indonesia), who shares her views about what was agreed upon in Glasgow. “With every COP, we have hopes and of course disappointments,” Nurhati says (at 36m10s). Those disappointments, she adds, were “not because the achievements are not great”, but because with so much scientific information available to the delegates, the results of their negotiations could better match the urgency of the situation.
You can read more about the issues in global climate negotiations at this link Climate Fight: the world’s biggest negotiation, a series hosted by Jack Marley for The Conversation’s The Anthill podcast.
Stephen Khan, the global executive editor of The Conversation, is here to end this episode. He’s based in London and offers some recommendations for reading.
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