Quick Guide to COP26

10 November 2021

Since the last COP meeting in 2015, global emissions have risen on an absolute basis. Earlier this year, a UN climate action report said that nations were ‘nowhere close’ to the level of action needed to fight global warming. 

November’s COP meeting is the first formal opportunity for world leaders to discuss how to address this and enhance the concrete goals set at the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. It is also a psychological reset after the halt in global activity caused by Covid, which led some businesses to reappraise their approach to climate and stoked public debate.

Here is a guide to the aims and significance of COP26, as well as some basic definitions of the terminology and complex issues at stake.

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