/ 01 November 2021

… And onto COP26

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There’s no rest for the wicked as the summit caravan moves on to Scotland with the United Nations’ COP26 World Leaders Summit kicking off tonight. The 2-day gathering is being billed as “a make-or-break chance to save the planet from the most calamitous effects of climate change”. No pressure then… The aim: to get nations to recommit to the target of capping global warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels – and lock in commitments to take action to do that. In the last few weeks and months, scientific reports have concluded that insufficient action and empty pledges will see the world warm by significantly more than that by the end of this century. That would have disastrous effects for the planet and all who call her home. But with immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, experts say there is a way to head off the worst effects. In a preview of his anticipated COP26 performance, PM Scott Morrison told leaders at the G20 summit that emerging technologies focused on storage, sequestration, industrial processes and climate adaptation are the way through.

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