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Pledges not enough to keep warming below 2 degrees

25 Nov 21 - In the aftermath of the United Nations’ annual climate conference earlier this month, scientists have a sobering message: The world still is not on track to meet its international climate goals.

Who will ensure compliance with the Glasgow climate commitments?

19 Nov 21 - The news from Glasgow includes positive announcements, in particular agreements to curb deforestation, cut methane emissions, “phase down” coal use and, next year, more aggressive emissions reduction targets. But a disturbing history of broken global climate promises — going back decades — compels us to ask: Will countries comply with their commitments, and what happens if they don’t?

‘COP26 hasn’t solved the problem’: scientists react to UN climate deal

16 Nov 21 - The Glasgow Climate Pact is a step forward, researchers say, but efforts to decarbonize are not enough to limit global temperature rises to 2 °C.

Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Glasgow: Carbon Brief

16 Nov 21 - Carbon Brief provides an in-depth summary of all the key outcomes in Glasgow – both inside and outside the COP26.

Fixing climate finance: Jeffrey Sachs

16 Nov 21 - The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) fell far short of what is needed for a safe planet, owing mainly to the same lack of trust that has burdened global climate negotiations for almost three decades.

Last chance saloon all over again

15 Nov 21 - By Jeremy Rose Carbon News editor: They said it in Copenhagen, they said it in Paris, and numerous commentators said it about Glasgow too: This is the last chance saloon when it comes to averting disastrous climate change.

Glasgow Conversations: It's a wrap

15 Nov 21 - In this the final episode of the Glasgow Conversations, Alastair Thompson talks about the successes and failures of COP26, and ranks the various participants: Africa scores a 10 - Europe just 1.


COP26: New global climate deal struck in Glasgow

15 Nov 21 - The Glasgow Climate Pact is the first ever climate deal to explicitly plan to reduce coal, the worst fossil fuel for greenhouse gases.

Five things you need to know about the Glasgow Climate Pact

15 Nov 21 - The COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow have finished and the gavel has come down on the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries.

These experts say there's reason for cautious optimism coming out of COP26

15 Nov 21 - As the COP26 summit ends, experts say there is reason to be "cautiously optimistic" about the work that's been done to avoid a climate disaster.

After the failure of COP26 mass protest only hope of survival: Monbiot

15 Nov 21 - It’s too late for incremental change. By mobilising just 25% of people, we can flip social attitudes towards the climate, argues environmentalist George Monbiot.

Glasgow Climate Pact has loopholes so big an oil tanker could get through them

15 Nov 21 - The curtain came down on United Nations climate talks a day later than expected. It’s a strange feeling as representatives from countries around the world said they were willing to accept an...

Compromise COP26 deal disappoints

15 Nov 21 - The COP26 summit approved a climate deal late Saturday evening. But the watered-down ambitions on the end of coal subsidies left many delegates frustrated, including Switzerland.

Glasgow Conversations: Day 11

12 Nov 21 - On the second to last (scheduled) day of COP26, Alastair Thompson reflects on the summit so far, a talk by Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate, and how Saudi Arabia and Australia could yet scuttle a...

Climate Change vs. the Sino-American Cold War

Xie Zhenhua
Photo Credit: Alastair Thompson

12 Nov 21 - In the absence of meaningful policies from both China and the United States, this year’s climate-change summit, COP26, was never going to deliver what the world really needs. Ultimately, getting both...

How close are we to climate tipping points?

12 Nov 21 - As world leaders gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, to take bolder action against climate change, human activity has already warmed the planet 1.1°C...

Our AI is exposing climate misinformation throughout COP26

12 Nov 21 - There is a kind of climate pollution that we can’t see clearly. It isn’t in our rivers, lands or skies, it is in our minds. When climate disinformation goes unchecked, it spreads like wildfire,...

How the world’s militaries hide their huge carbon emissions

12 Nov 21 - Climate change leadership requires more than stirring speeches. It means facing up to hard truths. One truth that governments around the world are struggling with is the immense contribution their...

The Global South does not need debt. We need climate justice: Mitzi Tan

12 Nov 21 - In 2009, when I was 12 years old, world leaders gathered in Copenhagen for COP15. They made a pledge to allocate $100bn per year in climate finance for Global South countries by 2020 so that they...


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