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.


Climate change

5 things you need to know about COP26 preparations

5 things you need to know about COP26 preparations

This year’s COP26, billed as the most important climate talks since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, is fast-approaching. Here's what you need to know.

Latest news

Global negotiations

COP26: EU climate chief says in-person summit is ‘essential’

The head of the European Commission’s climate plans has said this year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow cannot be held virtually if world leaders are to make progress on strengthening cooperation to cut emissions

Environmental Law

Sixth carbon budget: 78% climate goal will deliver £266bn benefits, says BEIS

The government has issued draft legislation to set the Sixth Carbon Budget, with an accompanying impact assessment concluding that its annual benefits will vastly exceed its costs

Environmental Politics

Bunny hugging and carbon cutting: Key pledges from Leaders Summit on Climate

The US and UK have set the pace with ambitious pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, while China pledged to curb its coal use at the Leaders Summit on Climate

Environmental Politics

US climate summit: Johnson tells world leaders to ‘get serious’ on climate change

Prime minister Boris Johnson has told world leaders that reaching net zero is now more a political than technical question, as China and the US make their own climate pledges

Environmental Politics

‘A huge moment’: Boris Johnson confirms 78% emissions cut for 2035

The prime minister has declared that the government will legislate to adopt the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee for the sixth carbon budget, sparking a new focus on delivery over target-setting for the body

Environmental Politics

Johnson 'to back 78% emissions cut' as global emissions bounce back

Prime minister Boris Johnson is set to confirm the government will adopt a target to cut greenhouse emissions by 78% by 2035, according to reports, ahead of a US-led climate summit of world leaders this week

Analysis

Environmental Politics

COP26 countdown: Can the UK’s claim to be a world leader be met?

COP26 countdown: Can the UK’s claim to be a world leader be met?

The government has a huge task to justify its claims of being an environmental world leader ahead of the Glasgow climate conference this November, with critical strategies still awaited and key planks of its green agenda yet to be delivered. Here’s what you need to know

Environmental Politics

Just how green is DEFRA?

The department responsible for leading the way on the environment is not meeting its own green targets. Will its performance embarrass the government in the year it hosts the global climate summit? asks David Burrows

Environmental Politics

Emissions reduction: Everything you need to know about NDCs

Nationally determined contributions, like the UK’s new 68% emissions reduction commitment, are at the heart of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Here’s what you need to know

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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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