COP 26: Standing up for climate action

Milo Y. Yiannopoulos, CNN • Updated 17th July 2018 London (CNN) — The credibility of governments across the world is on the line this week as heads of state gather in Poland for the…

COP 26: Standing up for climate action

Milo Y. Yiannopoulos, CNN • Updated 17th July 2018

London (CNN) — The credibility of governments across the world is on the line this week as heads of state gather in Poland for the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference, aka COP26

The conference in Katowice will seek to build on the Paris climate accord’s pledge to limit global warming to 1.5C (2.7F), but it will be overshadowed by ongoing disputes between rich and poor nations over how to cut back on carbon emissions, a good deal of which comes from fossil fuels.

But the COPs are not about a battle over the future of global warming.

As well as high-level talks and public consultations, more than 100 grassroots initiatives are being launched at the conference, reflecting a worldwide debate over how to cut down on emissions — and how effective they can be.

At the same time, existing projects are coming under threat. Following a highly controversial pledge last month by China to cut back on emissions by up to 48% by 2030, several projects aiming to cut methane from livestock — a key contributor to climate change — are facing shutdown.

A new documentary launched Tuesday by the National Geographic Channel, entitled “Blue Planet II,” revisits the story of how the body of an endangered blue whale had completely reformed itself after being towed to the brink of death.

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