IT will be the biggest event of its kind ever held in the UK and will focus the eyes of the world’s media on Scotland. It’s no stretch to say that the future rests on success at Cop26, the UN event coming to Glasgow for 12 days of intense climate change talks in November. The crunch conference will be the first opportunity to measure the impact of climate pledges made in Paris six years ago, when nations agreed to try to cap global temperature rises to under 1.5C by slashing harmful emissions. Hosting the summit will be a major challenge for local authorities, with Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland amongst the public bodies currently preparing for the event. This week MPs at Westminster will question the city’s readiness – and what the UK and Scottish governments are doing to help. The cross-party Scottish Affairs Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee will host two sessions on Wednesday morning.
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