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Countdown to COP26: What’s at Stake?
This November’s UN climate summit — known as COP26 (Conference of the Parties), taking place in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12 — is not just one more international meeting. It’s one of the most important diplomatic gatherings in history, for it will help decide the future of life on Earth. To help news coverage convey what’s at stake, Covering Climate Now and Climate Central are holding a series of briefings, for journalists only.
The first briefing will take place on September 15, 2021 from 12 – 1pm US Eastern Time and will provide background on the most relevant science, politics, justice, and solutions issues. Drawing on the recent IPCC report, our panelists will explain why it’s imperative to limit future global warming to 1.5 C, and how that can be accomplished. They will discuss why climate justice is essential to a successful outcome–and in the self-interest of rich and poor alike. And they will explain the processes of UN summits, how progress is (or is not) achieved, key players to watch, and how journalists can turn these insights into compelling stories.