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China and COP26

COP26 was the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference. These are a series of meetings between members of the United Nations to discuss steps to take in the mitigation of climate change. Although there is typically a mixed reception to the progress being made by these meetings, China’s response to the latest meeting was met with some foreboding… One of …

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Wind Power in China

China is the biggest industry in terms of wind energy both onshore and offshore. That’s good right? Well, not entirely – the quantity and scale of China’s wind farms is causing both harm and some good both for China and the world. Part of the problem is that China, ironically, is producing the most CO2 emissions of all countries, mainly …

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COP26 reality check in the face of record greenhouse gas emissions

COP26 really had just one job, and that was to keep alive the 1.5C global warming target prescribed by the 2015 Paris Agreement. After two weeks of frantic negotiations and a bewildering blizzard of carbon-cutting. Well, after the two frantic weeks of COP26 in Glasgow, this figure still has a glimmer of life left in it, but little more than …

COP26 targets too weak

Cop26 targets too weak to stop disaster

Architects of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres, Laurence Tubiana and Laurent Fabius warn that leaders must improve plans next year if world is to stay within the crucial 1.5C limit World leaders will have to return to the negotiating table next year with improved plans to cut greenhouse gases because the proposed targets agreed at the COP26 summit are …

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China and the US to work together on cutting emissions

In a press conference, the two superpowers agree to cooperate more and hope for the success of Cop26 China and the US announced a surprise plan to work together on cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the crucial next decade, in a strong boost to the Cop26 summit. The world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters traded insults for the first week …

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Global CO2 emissions shooting back to record high levels

Fossil fuels are surging in post-pandemic recovery as scientists warn 1.5C emission limit will be breached in 11 years. Global carbon emissions are shooting back to the record level seen before the coronavirus pandemic levels, new analysis has shown. According to a report in The Guardian, scientists said the finding is a “reality check” for the world’s nations gathered at …

Green tech

Major economies sign deal to promote advanced green tech

The world’s ten largest economies have signed up working with businesses to encourage tens of billions of pounds of investment in a bid to make green technology cheaper across the world. The deal, signed at Cop26 by the 40 countries that make up 70 per cent of the world’s economic activity, will see “countries and businesses … dramatically scale and …

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World leaders agree to stop deforestation by 2030

More than 100 leaders commit to stop and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 According to a UK Downing Street press release: Leaders representing over 85% of the world’s forests will commit to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030 at COP26 today £8.75 billion ($12bn) of public funds will be committed to protect and restore …