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What you need to know as climate talks enter closing week


As pollution pours out of a Glasgow Green chimney, a child waved a saltire flag. This was during the Global Day of Action for Climate Justice March on November 6, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.

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GLASGOW, Scotland — The COP26 climate summit entered its second and closing week of negotiations on Monday, with national delegations working behind closed doors to reach the all-important goal of capping global heating at 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This week, ministers will be in Glasgow’s most populous city to try and resolve the issue sticking pointsEnd the negotiations with an acceptable deal that will prevent you from having to attend more often. progressively worse climate impacts

Alok Sharma, President of COP26 has describedThis is “where rubber meets the road”.

The plan must be formulated by delegates to keep global temperatures from rising to 1.5 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels. This will prevent any further damage to the environment. The global temperature threshold refers to an aspirational goal set in the landmark Paris Agreement

It is unclear if the negotiations will meet the requirements of the climate emergency.


Rockstrom cited pledges to protect and restore forests as well as a plan to reduce methane emissions, both of which he called “very encouraging” developments. Rockstrom said that Brazil was among those who signed the agreement to reverse the deforestation before the end of this decade.

Rockstrom stated that the so-called Global Methane Pledge was an international initiative to lower climate warming gas emissions.

Rockstrom cautioned that complacency would not be tolerated in the future. After announcing several pledges, Rockstrom described some actors’ tendency to “slow down” as “complete stupidity”. He urged policymakers and governments to take all possible steps to decrease fossil fuel consumption and preserve carbon sinks.

Although burning fossil fuels are the main driver of climate change, global fossil fuel dependence is a significant factor. expected to get even worse

Protestors from young ages attend Fridays For Future Scotland March, November 5, 2021 in Glasgow (Scotland).

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“It has been a difficult week for fossil fuels companies but it is not enough. Things need to get worse before the COP ends if we want to make Glasgow a success.” saidJennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International’s executive director, is an environment group.

Although we’ve had some significant announcements, too many pledges are voluntary. And too often, small print is filled with loopholes. We are still well short of our goal, 1.5C. However, we have a lot to do.

The 1.5 degree Celsius threshold is an important global goal because it limits the possibility of tipping points. Tipping points are a permanent change to the climate system that locks in more global warming.

What is the future?

The first week at COP26 was framed by the phrase “An opportunity to share our knowledge.”big step“Forward by some” – despite the need for more action

Patricia Espinosa, U.N. chief for climate said to CNBC that she was “encouraged” by the flurry announcements made in the first days of COP26.cautiously optimisticThe “” while the U.K. Prime minister Boris Johnson welcomes the “good progress” made to date.

Influential International Energy Agency publishedAn updated analysis from Thursday shows that countries would have to keep their pledges if global heating is to be kept to around 1.8 degrees Celsius.

This is a significant breakthrough because it provides the lowest plausible projection of global warming yet. It also stands in sharp contrast to U.N.’s warning that the world was in a “heat trap” in advance of COP26.catastrophic pathwayHeating of up to 2.7° by the close of this century

However, while the IEA described this as “a landmark moment,” the energy agency’s workings assume that all countries meet their pledges in full and on time — a major red flag given many countries have repeatedly failed to deliver on their climate promises.

This also shows that the plans of the entire world, even if all countries have achieved their climate ambitions fully, still fail. disastrously shortWhen it comes to keeping 1.5 degree Celsius alive.

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The gapClimate activists and campaigners have condemned the contradiction between climate rhetoric and climate action at COP26. Tens of thousands marched through rainy Glasgow in recent days, as well as in other cities around the world.

Greta Thunberg, climate activist saidOn Friday, it became clear that the COP26 summit was becoming a publicity stunt.

It is no secret that COP26 has been a disaster. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” Thunberg said in Glasgow’s city center — less than 2 miles from where the COP26 event is being held.

“The Conference of Parties has become a publicity event. Leaders are making beautiful speeches, announcing targets and promises, and behind the scenes governments in the Global North still refuse to take drastic action on climate change.”

Thunberg also charged world leaders with “actively creating loopholes for their own benefit.”

Climate scientists have repeatedly stressed that the best weapon to tackle rising global temperatures is to cut greenhouse gas emissions — fast.