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#Cop26

There is no formal organisation tasked with making sure individual nations are on track to make sure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. Photo: Ina Fassbender / AFP
There is no formal organisation tasked w... […]

Who will be the judge of countries’ climate plans?

Countries have until the end of 2022 to ensure their climate commitments meet the Paris agreement's cap on global warming. But who will check that their promises really do stack up?
"Adaptation costs are significantly higher than previously estimated, resulting in a growing 'adaptation finance gap'," said an executive summary of the draft IPCC report. Photo: Ashraf Shazly / AFP
"Adaptation costs are significantly high... […]

World needs trillions to face climate threat: draft UN report

Helping vulnerable nations cope with the multiplier effect of climate change will require trillions of dollars, not the billions now on the table at COP26, a draft UN report reveals
Locals stand by a damaged road between Beira and Chimoio in central Mozambique on March 19, 2019, after the area was hit by Cyclone Idai. Photo: Adrien Barbier / AFP
Locals stand by a damaged road between B... […]

Hard hit nations demand ‘loss and damage’ help at COP26

While COP26 struggles to rustle up promised funding to help vulnerable states prepare for future climate impacts, nations already reeling from disaster are demanding separate money for "loss and damage"
Youth activists protest against climate inaction on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 5, 2021. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP
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Good COP, bad COP: UN climate meet praised and panned

The COP26 climate talks resuming Monday have so far unfolded on parallel planes, with high-level announcements stage-managed by host Britain riding roughshod over a laborious UN process built on consensus
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that industry accounts for almost 40 percent of the world's energy consumption and still overwhelming uses fossil fuels. Photo: Olivier Morin / AFP
The International Energy Agency (IEA) sa... […]

‘Greenwashing’ or genuine?: Behind big businesses’ climate promises

Are big companies making genuine attempts to fight global warming or simply "greenwashing" their brands to try to divert criticism? With COP26 underway analyses show much more can be done
Britain's PM Boris Johnson arrives for the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 1. Photo: Phil Noble / Pool / AFP
Britain's PM Boris Johnson arrives for t... […]

COP26: Leaders can ‘make or break hope’ for climate salvation

As #COP26 begins, a question looms: will the summit resemble the Copenhagen debacle of 2009 or Paris six years later which led to the first climate treaty in which all nations vowed to shrink their carbon footprint?