The IPCC’s sobering warning must persuade Johnson to aim higher and push his counterparts into a more ambitious goal. As the prime minister said during the debate on easing coronavirus restrictions: “If not now, when?” Similarly, if this report does not galvanise the world’s leaders, what on earth will? The good news is that governments around the world have bought into the process of drawing up the report – which has 234 authors from 66 countries – so they cannot easily walk away from its verdict. That will strengthen the hand of Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister who will chair the conference, as he travels the world trying to broker an agreement in Glasgow. Such groundwork is vital well in advance of the meeting itself, as the 2015 Cop in Paris showed.
Independent 9th Aug 2021 read more »
COP26: Could the future of the planet hang on the summit in Glasgow? Time has run out for kicking the can down the road as the world’s top climate experts issue what has been described as a ‘code red for humanity’.
Scotsman 9th Aug 2021 read more »