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Making COP26 a success

Making COP26 a success

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World Climate Conferences have been taking place religiously almost every year since 1995 with the aim of stabilizing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases at a level that would “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. Expectations from these high-level meetings have been high as the world leaders set ambitious targets, but actions on their part have so far been disappointingly low. Thus emissions as well as atmospheric temperatures have continued to go up, while its consequences – floods, droughts, wildfires, sea level rise etc. – have become too frequent across the world.

Now the COP26 is taking place in Glasgow, United Kingdom where world leaders from more than 100 countries are meeting once again to cut a deal that would reduce carbon emissions and prevent the world from environmental catastrophe. Glasgow summit is being branded for the nations as the last best chance to combat climate change. In fact it can become a landmark summit if the heads of rich nations can come up with a just and equitable agreement that would keep the average global temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which lies global warming’s most serious consequences.

In the global conference, the world leaders are expected to deliver more than just acknowledging the dangers of climate change and taking up some incremental measures only. The summit is taking place in the wake of a series of environmental disasters such as huge floods in Europe, Africa and South Asia, catastrophic wildfires in Greece, Siberia and California, and fatal heat waves, droughts and drying up of rivers in various parts of the world. Much of these environmental disasters are linked to climate change and no previous climate conference took place amid such a widespread disturbing circumstances.

Therefore, it is hoped that the delegates to the global climate conference would listen to science, look around what is happening across the world, and come up with action plans that would support carbon-free growth.