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What difference will the COP26 climate summit make?

Despite last-minute changes, the final agreement made at COP26 still amounts to an important ratcheting up of climate ambition



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16 November 2021

An attendee at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, UK

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Is the 1.5°C goal still alive? The answer is a good way to boil down the mind-boggling complexity of whether the COP26 summit, which finished in dramatic fashion last Saturday, puts humanity on the path that climate science calls for.

Six years ago in Paris, 195 countries committed to this temperature goal as their line in the sand for limiting future global warming, in addition to holding it “well below” 2°C. Yet the emissions-cutting plans put forward in 2015 left …

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