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.

Environmental Politics

COP26 unit to be cut by a third, Alok Sharma tells peers

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The Cabinet Office team working on the COP26 agenda is to be cut by approximately one third, Alok Sharma has told peers

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Environmental Politics

‘Walk the talk’ after COP26, say government climate advisers

In a stocktake of the COP26 climate talks, the Climate Change Committee has called on the government to reinvigorate the domestic climate agenda and continue to engage internationally


COP26: Boris Johnson ‘frustrated’ at watered down coal pledge

Prime minister Boris Johnson has spoken of his frustration that a pledge to phase out coal was downgraded after an eleventh hour intervention by India and China

Environmental Politics

Johnson 'mulls resurrection of climate department'

The defunct Department for Energy and Climate Change could effectively rise from the grave under plans being discussed to give COP26 president Alok Sharma a new job, according to reports

Climate change

COP26: UN talks run to the wire as tensions spill over

With the crunch climate talks in Glasgow now expected to on beyond this evening's official deadline, negotiations on key issues to implement the Paris Agreement and drive up ambition have reached crunch point and will inevitably result in compromises and tradeoffs, according to observers.

Transport emissions

COP26: Heavy goods vehicles decarbonisation a 'clear signal' for greening logistics

The government’s decision to make all new heavy goods vehicles in the UK zero emission by 2040 has been welcomed as a positive sign of progress in decarbonising the logistics industry

Climate change

COP26: PM returns to Glasgow as ambition gap crystallises

The prime minister is returning to the COP26 summit today to try to chivvy nations into action, as research shows current pledges are far off the 1.5°c warming target

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Global negotiations

The ENDS Briefing: COP26

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With just days to go to the crunch climate talks in Glasgow, read our guide to the key items on the agenda and what to expect if you are going

Climate change

The COP26 survival guide: 8 tips for getting the most out of the summit

COP26 preparations are underway in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Attending COP26 and wondering what footwear to pack? Want to know where to find the best chocolate and where to get the inside track on what's on the day's agenda? ENDS spoke to attendees of previous climate talks to find out

Climate change

What do the COP26 outcomes mean for UK business?

COP26 has been hailed as both a success and a failure but regardless of what position is taken, the global conference's outcomes will have a number of short and medium term implications for business, experts tell Isabella Kaminski

Environmental Politics

Glasgow Climate Pact: 10 things you need to know

A last-minute quibble stymied an agreement to phase out coal power, though a global carbon market is being established and the vast majority of the world’s economy is now committed to net zero. Here’s what you need to know


Environmental Politics

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

Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty Images

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

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