A Last Chance to Avert Climate Disaster?

Hundreds of heads of state have gathered in Scotland for the COP26 summit, but skepticism abounds that yet more talks can spur action.,

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A Last Chance to Avert Climate Disaster?

Hundreds of heads of state have gathered in Scotland for the COP26 summit, but skepticism abounds that yet more talks can spur action.

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In a giant conference hall in Glasgow, leaders from around the world have gathered for the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Convention, or COP26. This is the 26th such session.

The meeting comes at a moment of crisis. Despite years of climate talks and treaties, carbon emissions have worsened and extreme weather events have become more frequent.

Many say this may be the last chance to avoid disaster. Will anything change this time?

On today’s episode

Somini Sengupta, the international climate reporter for The New York Times.

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The media hub of the COP26 summit in Glasgow on Monday. The meeting was called in the hope that the world could at last agree on meaningful steps to put a rapidly warming planet back on course.Credit…Kieran Dodds for The New York Times

Background reading

The opening day of the COP26 summit was heavy on dire warnings and light on substantive proposals.

We have a live briefing from the conference, where the focus is now turning to behind-the-scenes talks and how to finance the different proposals to combat climate change.

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Somini Sengupta contributed reporting.

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