'Last Best Hope'
After a yearlong delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders and negotiators are meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, for the most important climate conference in years: the 26th session of the conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an international treaty formed back in 1992 to curb global warming. U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has called COP26 the world’s “last best hope for the world to get its act together.” Here’s what you need to know about what’s going down in Glasgow.
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Blast from the past: Coal sends global emissions to pre-pandemic highs
CO2 emissions dropped 5 percent in 2020. Now they're roaring back.
Report: Poor countries need 5 to 10 times more funding to adapt to climate risks they did not create
Without it, there will be even worse "loss and damage" costs down the line.
Banks with $130 trillion in assets pledge to fund climate action. Activists aren’t impressed.
Some activists believe financial institutions’ most recent climate promises are just more greenwashing.
More than 100 countries agree: It’s time to end deforestation
Together they represent more than 85 percent of the world's forests
Goodbye 1.5 degrees? Here’s how hot scientists believe the world will get
As COP26 ramps up, most expect the world to blow past climate goals.
India commits to net-zero by 2070. That’s more important than it sounds.
The surprising move has major implications for the global energy market.
How to measure success at COP 26
Expect momentum, not magic.
Ahead of COP26, the call for an international coal phase-out hits a snag
Major economies pledge to stop financing coal abroad, but not at home.
COP26: Goals, who’s going, and why it matters
What’s a COP? Who’ll be there? Can I stream it? Read on to find out.