Cop26 one year on: how much progress has been made?

(The Guardian, 8 Nov 2022) As the UN’s Cop27 summit begins in Egypt, there are warnings more must be done to avert climate breakdown.

Last year’s UN Cop26 climate talks in Scotland were framed by John Kerry, the US special presidential envoy on the climate crisis, as the “last best hope for the world to get its act together” and avert climate breakdown. As world leaders gather in Egypt for Cop27, evidence suggests they have yet to fully do so.

The Glasgow conference drew collective promises by governments to “phase down” coal use, curb deforestation, advance remedial payments to developing countries hit hardest by floods, heatwaves and droughts, and to come back the following year with more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

While the proliferation of clean energy is likely to have averted apocalyptic climate breakdown, where the world heats up by an average of 4-5C compared with pre-industrial times, a series of UN reports has made it clear that the world is lagging badly in its efforts to cut emissions, with “no credible pathway” to avoid breaching an agreed limit of 1.5C in global heating.

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The Guardian, 8 Nov 2022: Cop26 one year on: how much progress has been made?