Stabilising Earth’s climate depends on a lot more than deals struck at conferences like Glasgow. But those agreements set a frame for real-world decisions.
Loss and damage – the three words which define the Glasgow summit’s disappointing outcome.
Rather than slow the decline in coal use, India’s actions at COP26 ensure it and other polluting nations, including Australia, will be under even greater scrutiny.
The hope we need is realistic – not wishful thinking, denial or delay disguised as naïve optimism.
Forestry is a surprising winner in detailed projections prepared by Victoria University. Queensland has the most to lose from a move to net-zero.
Post Macron and Morrison, what exactly is diplomacy and why is it in decline?
From weak 2030 targets to controversial rules around carbon trading, let’s take a look at the summit’s defining issues.
The sale of traditional vehicles would have to cease completely by 2038 to reach the government’s target. So where’s the plan to get there?
Christina E. Hoicka, University of Victoria; Daniel Sperling, University of California, Davis; Ian Lowe, Griffith University; Kate Dooley, The University of Melbourne; Kyla Tienhaara, Queen's University, Ontario; Mariola Acosta Francés, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA); Mark Maslin, UCL; Piers Forster, University of Leeds; Ran Boydell, Heriot-Watt University y Simon Lewis, UCL
Has the summit delivered on its goals?
COP26 saw incremental progress but not the breakthrough moment needed.
Politicians have more incentive to react to current climate disasters, but more investment is needed in preparing for future problems.
Pitched at an initial US$8.5 billion, the partnership has the potential to be one of the largest individual climate finance transactions to date. But can a just transition be achieved?
Most of the $2,000 per year increase in income by 2050 is due to the success of a new hydrogen industry.
Some promising proposals have been put forward, but most suffer either from a lack of ambition or a lack of participation from key countries.
Uncertainty about carbon market rules will be problematic for New Zealand, given its reliance on overseas carbon trading to meet its new climate pledge.
Only in coming years will we know if COP26 was a real game-changer for the planet, or just empty promises and spin.
The Morrison government’s great refusal to take action on climate may come back to haunt Australia when we seek the cooperation of other countries.
Mainstream reporters not familiar with the topic may spin the summit as a huge success or devastating failure.
Embodied emissions in buildings could be a hidden setback for carbon reduction targets.
Embodied carbon - carbon produced during a building’s construction - urgently needs reducing, and reusing buildings could help.