In 2015, the Paris Agreement marked a historic turning point in global action on climate change, mobilizing 187 countries responsible for more than 95% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Six years later, the release of the latest IPCC climate assessment report and the increase in climate disasters have raised doubts about the international community's ability to meet the environmental crisis. In the countdown to COP26 and to fighting climate change, we have gathered several climate and energy experts to understand the stakes, the process and the limits of this new global conference on climate.
The UK’s Plans to Go Net Zero
Three questions to Jill Rutter
Days away from the start of COP26, what can be said about the UK's environnemental ambitions and how they fit in its post-Brexit world vision?
The Quest For an Ambitious and Inclusive COP26
Three questions to Laurence Tubiana
A few days away from the opening of COP26 in Glasgow, the international community will have to justify the current delay in meeting its climate commitments. How can we make this conference a success?
India Between Solar Energy and Coal: From a “Green Image” to a “Green Façade”?
Analysis by Christophe Jaffrelot and Hemal Thakker
As per the COP26 target, over 100 countries pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. India has not.
China's Green Gambit: Environmental Policy as a Bargaining Chip
Analysis by Karl Hallding
As leaders reunite at the COP26 in Glasgow, the 2015 euphoria has been replaced by a feeling of mounting conflict. In particular, the urgency to deal with climate and sustainability is increasingly being pitted against global norms based on civil liberties.
Congress Hasn’t Killed Biden’s Climate Agenda (Yet)
Analysis by Maya Kandel and Marin Gillot
Where exactly is the United States in its fight against global warming? For all we know, Biden's presidency might be at stake.
Too Cool for Coal? The Future of South Africa’s Energy
Three questions to Saliem Fakir
Climate change could become Africa’s biggest threat. How can South Africa slowly turn green without threatening its citizens?
Brazil: From Climate Change Ally to Enemy?
Three questions to Winston Fritsch
Once considered a global climate leader, Brazil has fallen short of living up to its reputation in recent years under Jair Bolsonaro's presidency. Yet, in the weeks leading up to the COP26, the country stepped up its climate pledges to portray itself as a "green power".