All you need to know about COP26
Here’s a round-up of everything that went down at the COP26 Climate Change Conference, the annual summit held by the United Nations in Glasgow:
1- The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP26, was the 26th annual climate conference, held in Glasgow, Scotland.
2- Diplomats from the nearly 200 countries represented at COP26 gathered to negotiate a final draft for a global pact, which has not yet been signed even though the summit has ended.
3- All countries were urged to phase out coal, oil and gas subsidies – taking direct aim at the burning of coal, oil and gas that produces carbon dioxide, the primary contributor to manmade climate change.
4- Six major automakers committed to phasing out the production of fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040, and they are Volvo, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover and China’s BYD.
5- The Glasgow Climate Pact – the main political outcome of COP26 – requests governments to revisit and strengthen their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) before the end of 2022 to bring these in line with the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal.
6- Environmental group Greenpeace slammed the draft as inadequate: “This draft deal is not a plan to solve the climate crisis, it’s an agreement that we’ll all cross our fingers and hope for the best. It’s a polite request that countries maybe, possibly, do more next year.”