COP26: All you need to know

SCOTLAND: The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) was set in motion on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland. Leaders from almost 200 countries gathered at this summit, aiming to strengthen the climate targets set in the Paris Agreement at COP21 in 2015. The conference is to be held from October 31 until November 12.

It was as far back as 1992 when more than 100 nations signed a treaty to cut back global emissions. But it wasn’t until the 2015 Paris meeting that all countries formally agreed to take action to limit warming to 1.5–2 °C.

COP26 will represent the first major test of the Paris agreement, now after a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nations are poised to make their first updates in Glasgow this week.

When governments set well-defined policy commitments like; to curb emissions by shutting down coal-run power plants, phase out vehicles running on carbon-emitting internal combustion engines, ramp up the use of clean-energy tech, among others.

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