COP26 

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 know... Read more

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Environmental Politics

Climate action ‘cannot be another victim of coronavirus’, says PM

Prime minister Boris Johnson is to tell world leaders later that climate action ‘cannot be another victim of coronavirus’ and will call upon nations to make ambitious climate commitments at a forthcoming December UN event

Environmental Politics

Sharma fails to commit to emissions reduction pledge

Business secretary Alok Sharma has been unable to say whether the government will put forward its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement by the end of the year as called for by the Committee on Climate Change

Global negotiations

COP26: UK government on the hunt for ‘net zero’ sponsors

Next year’s UN climate change summit will only receive sponsorship from companies that have set 'ambitious net zero commitments by 2050 or earlier', the UK government has said, in a move that appears to rule out the vast majority of fossil fuel producers

Climate change

UK experiencing ‘undeniable warming trend’, says Met Office

Climate change is “exerting an increasing impact on the UK’s climate” and combined with natural variability is altering temperatures, rainfall, snow, sunshine, sea level and tree leafing dates, according to a new Met Office report

Policy

Goldsmith: Carbon markets will bring ‘billions of pounds into nature restoration’

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith 'cannot think of a more effective way' to mobilise large sums of private finance into nature restoration than the development of carbon markets, he said in a speech yesterday

Climate change

COP26: UN confirms one-year postponement

United Nations officials have given the green light to a proposal from the UK and Italian governments to postpone the COP26 climate talks to November 2021, a full year after they were scheduled to take place, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic

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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