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.


Environmental Politics

Just how green is DEFRA?

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... Read more

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Environmental Politics

‘Walking into a minefield blindfolded’: Climate pledges fall short of Paris goals

While the UK has been commended for ‘shifting its ambition’, a report from the UN has found that collectively, carbon reduction pledges from countries across the world are falling far short of the ambition needed to avoid catastrophic climate change

Energy

Scientists urge Boris Johnson to intervene over coal mine

A team of 13 international climate and energy experts have written to prime minister Boris Johnson urging him to halt the development of Britain’s first deep coal mine in decades

Brexit Hub Carbon trading

Johnson ‘wants carbon price across all sectors’, say reports

Prime minister Boris Johnson has asked all government departments to draw up a carbon price for emissions across all sectors of the economy, according to reports

Environmental Politics

Sturgeon: COP26 cancellation needs to be considered

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has expressed doubts that the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow will be able to proceed due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic

Carbon & energy efficiency

BEIS spent less than 2% of its 2019 budget on climate change action

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spent just 1.3% of its total expenditure in 2019 on taking action on climate change and decarbonisation

Environmental Politics

Government’s COP26 unit ‘working night and day’

COP26 president Alok Sharma has defended the government’s preparations for the COP26 climate talks in December

Analysis

Environmental Politics

Emissions reduction: Everything you need to know about NDCs

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

Regulation

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

The government will need to find the right combination of policy, financing and regulation to make its green industrial revolution a success, finds Catherine Early

Land, Ecology & Development

'National embarrassment': Will COP26 strengthen the government's resolve on peat?

One year after the Tories pledged to ban the deliberate burning of blanket bog, no such ban has been forthcoming and its long-awaited peat strategy remains unpublished. As it prepares to host next year's global climate talks, can the government get the UK's peat plans back on track?

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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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