An international climate change summit in Scotland that will generate the equivalent annual emissions of 13,000 cars over two weeks should embrace virtual attendance on a scale “never before seen”, say opposition politicians. The 26th Conference of the Parties (Cop26) in Glasgow next year is expected to attract 30,000 delegates from more than 190 nations. About 4,000 of those will be core negotiators hoping to agree measures to tackle the global climate crisis. The rest will be advisers, administrative staff, NGOs and media. Tens of thousands of activists are expected to descend on the city during the first half of November. The UK government plans to offset the event’s carbon footprint by measures such as tree planting. However, there is support for a “slimline” summit that only essential participants would attend in person.
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