"Corporate adaptation measures, carbon offset policy and new U.S. regulatory responses are among the top issues attorneys say they’re tracking at the upcoming United Nations climate talks.
The trajectory of the climate crisis is at stake in Glasgow, where more than 197 countries will gather starting Oct. 31 for the two-week COP26 summit. There, they’ll ratchet up their commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions under the 2015 Paris climate agreement and tie up its loose technical threads.
“This COP is considered particularly important because countries are not on track to meeting the temperature goals that are set in the Paris agreement,” said Daniel Bodansky, a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
The main goal in Glasgow is for countries to commit to enough near-term pollution cuts to keep global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. The Biden administration is committing to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030."