Glasgow locks down for world leaders’ climate summit
October 31, 2021 - November 12, 2021 - The COP26 conference aims to address global warming and avert a climate catastrophe. It takes place in Scotland’s most populous city, Glasgow, where much of the West End will be closed off from October 31 to November 12.
During COP26, 200 countries will be asked what their plans are to cut emissions by 2030.
In 2015, most nations agreed to make changes to keep global warming below 2°C above pre-industrial levels – and to try and aim for 1.5°C – thus avoiding a forecast climate catastrophe. This meeting has become widely known as the “Paris Agreement”.
The world is becoming warmer, largely because of fossil fuel emissions caused by humans. As a result, extreme weather events linked to climate change such as heatwaves, floods and forest fires are becoming more and more common.
China’s commitment in particular is crucial as it is the world’s biggest polluter due to its reliance and investment in coal power stations.
Australia too is the world’s top coal exporter, and although outwardly accepting the Paris Agreement, it has since resisted committing to net-zero by 2050, unlike the UK and United States.