Cop26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, is nearly upon us and the urgency of the business in hand is being felt like never before.
In November, the UK, together with Italy, will host the global event which is set to run between 31 October and November 12 that many believe to be the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control.
Here at The Independent we are offering you an exclusive way to receive a daily news bulletin direct from our correspondents on the ground at the summit.
Our team of dedicated environment and climate reporters will be compiling a newsletter on a daily basis and it will be sent out each evening of the summit bringing all the latest headlines from that day’s events.
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What to expect from Cop26?
The conference is being seen as a pivotal event in the bid to reverse the climate crisis. A recent report by the IPCC warned that the world’s pledge to keep global heating within 1.5C is fast becoming a pipe dream – meaning flooding, droughts, extreme heatwaves and wildfires are set to get much worse.
The latest analysis shows that countries are still far from meeting that goal. A recent UN review found that countries’ current climate commitments would see global greenhouse gas emissions increase by 16 per cent by 2030, when compared to 2010 level
COP26 is a rare opportunity for world leaders to get together and make meaningful change, so there’s a lot at stake.
Countries will be asked how they intent to reach ‘net zero’, when the emissions that countries produce are balanced by the amount they remove from the atmosphere, by 2050. It’s hoped that leaders will make ambitious pledges to end coal use, invest in renewables and switch to electric vehicles.
What to expect from our weekly climate newsletter?
Each week our team will provide a concise rundown on the most urgent climate stories from around the world including the latest in science, and geopolitics, along with lifestyle suggestions for playing your part.
Cop26: The summit to change our future? will be led by Daisy Dunne and Louise Boyle, The Independent’s climate correspondents based in London and New York, respectively.
Ed Miliband, UK shadow business secretary
Tom Steyer, US businessman and environmentalist
Adam Garley, WaterAid’s country director for Mozambique
The event will be held on Zoom at 6.30-7.30pm BST (1.30-2.30pm EST) on Tuesday 19 October – sign up for free here