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News, comment and analysis on the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties.

Glasgow will host 30,000 delegates in November for UN climate talks, billed as the most significant since the Paris agreement was signed in the French capital in 2015.


Global negotiations

Who is the new COP president Alok Sharma?

Who is the new COP president Alok Sharma?

A surprise choice to lead the crucial UN climate talks in November, business secretary Alok Sharma previously served as international development secretary. ENDS takes you through what you need to... Read more

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Global negotiations

Coronavirus: Foreign secretary does not rule out postponing COP26

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has told MPs he cannot give a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that crucial UN climate talks will go ahead as planned in November, in light of the restrictions on travel imposed by governments to tackle the global pandemic

Environmental Politics

Budget 2020: Sunak highlights green ambition

The Treasury will set out new measures to address climate change and wider environmental issues, chancellor Rishi Sunak has hinted in the build-up to Wednesday’s budget, as a think tank highlighted a major spending shortfall to reach net zero by 2050

Climate change

COP26: Sharma hails ‘major shift in private finance’ as key to success

Newly appointed COP26 president Alok Sharma has said the government will seek to unlock trillions of pounds in green investment by encouraging the entire financial system to align with the Paris Agreement

Environmental Politics

UK’s Paris target will be based on fifth carbon budget

The UK’s commitment to meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change will be based on the dated fifth carbon budget and will not reflect the net zero objective, the government has confirmed

Environmental Politics

Reshuffle: Sharma appointed business secretary and COP president

Former international development secretary Alok Sharma will lead the UK government’s team preparing this year’s UN climate talks as part of his new role as business secretary, following a major cabinet reshuffle

Climate change

COP26: Gove and Sturgeon pledge ‘close collaboration’ despite clash over venue

Michael Gove and Nicola Sturgeon have said the UK and Scottish governments are determined to work closely to make November’s UN climate talks a success, despite reports of a stand-off over the choice of venue

Analysis

Climate change

COP26: Can the government bring its climate conference preparations back on track?

COP26: Can the government bring its climate conference preparations back on track?

Newly appointed COP president Alok Sharma has his work cut out to bring the preparations for the key climate talks back onto an even keel. Simon Pickstone examines what needs to be done

Global negotiations

COP26 president: Who are the runners and riders?

With Downing Street yet to make an announcement about who will replace Claire O’Neill as the president of this year’s crucial UN climate talks, ENDS takes you through the key figures thought to be under consideration

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Environmental Politics

‘No rules are better than bad rules’: Why COP25 ended in deadlock

‘No rules are better than bad rules’: Why COP25 ended in deadlock

The international climate conference achieved little this year, with carbon markets decisions deferred to the 2020 summit in Glasgow. Isabella Kaminski looks at what stymied the critical talks

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The Environment Bill has returned to parliament with new powers on plastic waste and a requirement for ministers to review and report on international green law. Here's what you need to know about what's new and what has been retained

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