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Are Politicians Thinking Outside the Barrel?

This November, delegates from all corners of the world will gather in Glasgow for the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) - a landmark event in climate diplomacy. COP26 will be the most significant gathering of its kind since the Paris Agreement united all countries in 2015 in pledging to avoid a temperature rise of 2°C. The consensus on the planet’s tolerance for ‘safe’ levels of global warming has already shifted since then, with the IPCC’s 2018 report putting the catastrophe threshold at 1.5°C.1 Moreover, the quantifiable targets of the Paris Agreement still fall substantially short of even a 2°C scenario - for which, further emissions reductions of ~13 gigatonnes worldwide would be required by 2030. For context, bringing global climate policy inline with this scientific consensus would require nations to collectively triple their 2015 commitments - and COP26 is their final chance to do so before the Paris Agreement comes into effect. [...]

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