Climate Change: COP26 Chance for World to Slow Global Warming – Bloomberg
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, host of the COP26 climate talks that start in Glasgow on Sunday, has summarized his view of the gathering’s goals as “coal, cars, cash and trees.” That’s green energy, clean transport, support for developing nations and action on deforestation. It’s a good agenda. Progress won’t be easy — governments are grappling with many other issues right now — but the summit can still mark a turning point.
Covid-19 delayed the meeting, and post-pandemic financial strains and energy shortages continue to complicate policy. (Embarrassingly, Britain has switched coal-fired power back on.) There’ll be notable absentees, including Chinese President Xi Jinping. Washington is grappling with domestic resistance to climate measures. Some countries are dissembling on their net-zero promises. Far too few have stated their near-term plans in detail. Recent pledges have been insufficiently ambitious, leaving the world on track for catastrophic temperature increases.