How global business could be the unexpected COP26 solution to climate change

The Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) offers a potential model for harnessing the financial world to reach net zero, explains Athabasca University’s F. Haider Alvi   Despite environmentalists accusing COP26 of ‘greenwashing’, broad disappointment with the final conference statement as too little too late and an ambivalent Global South, there is still hope […]

Guest post: How COP26 finally recognised the latest IPCC climate science

As climate scientists involved in the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sixth assessment report (AR6), and with several of us present at COP26 in Glasgow, we were worried that the latest scientific evidence might not be recognised in the final COP26 agreement.  There was a precedent for this concern: in […]

Fear and loathing in Glasgow

Ian Calvert, director of the Association for Decentralised Energy, offers a ‘Gonzo’ take on his experience of COP26 in Glasgow – aka ‘a savage journey to the heart of the Climate Dream’ (With grovelling apologies to Hunter S. Thompson…) Strange memories on this nervous night in Glasgow. How long since the Paris COP? Five years? […]

The Carbon Brief Quiz 2021

On Monday 8 November, Carbon Brief hosted its seventh annual quiz. The event was held at a brewery in Glasgow to coincide with COP26 – welcoming around 150 journalists, scientists and climate experts in person, with hundreds more playing online. The Carbon Brief quiz usually takes place in a bar in London, but moved to […]

COP26: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Glasgow

The UN climate conference, COP26, finally took place in Glasgow, with expectations and tensions running high after a year-long delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The two-week meeting was seen as a critical moment for commitments and action after richer nations had failed to raise the $100bn annual climate funding they had promised to vulnerable […]

Young Women Are Leading the Climate Fight. Who’s Leading the Negotiations?

Many of the fiercest climate activists attending COP 26 were young women, while many of the most powerful negotiators at the conference were older men, a demographic siloing that risks serving the interests of the fossil status quo. “The two sides have vastly divergent views of what the summit should achieve. Indeed, they seem to […]

Glasgow Climate Pact: Green economy reacts to final COP26 agreement

The gavel has come down, and despite last-minute drama at COP26, a landmark agreement to accelerate climate action has been brokered in Glasgow by all 197 parties to the Paris Agreement. Dubbed the Glasgow Climate Pact, the agreement crucially puts pressure on countries to come foward next year with updated climate plans, promises more funding […]