WHAT THE HECK IS… COP26?

Oct 5, 2021

By Tom Langlands

Marketing Executive, ECON Polyurethanes

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What the heck is COP26?

COP26 is the United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference, held in Glasgow between 31st October and 12th November.

What does COP stand for?

Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty agreed in 1994 which has 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU).

What is the main objective of COP26?

Unite the world to tackle climate change as part of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change, was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris in 2015. 

If you have time, you can watch a video about it below.

How does COP propose to do this?

  • Secure global net-zero by mid-century and limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees
  • Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats
  • Mobilise finance
  • Work together to deliver

How are they doing?

The temperature curve is now closer to 2 degrees, but more must be done to keep 1.5 degrees in reach.

Half a degree doesn’t sound like much impact?

A third of the world’s population would be exposed to severe heat, leading to more heat-related deaths. All warm water coral reefs would be destroyed, and the irreversible loss of ice sheets could lead to dramatic sea level rises.

What does Sir David Attenborough say about COP26?

“It is crucial that these meetings in COP26, have success and that at last, the nations will come together to solve the crippling problems that the world now faces.”

Find out more about COP26 here.

 

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