“It is finely balanced at the moment. Much of the negative press has been around the non-attendance of President Xi, and the failure of developed nations to meet their $100 billion annual climate-funding pledge, but these are not vital to the success of COP.
The biggest challenge at COP26 is driving more ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets. It is very good news that more than 70 percent of global GDP is now covered by net zero targets, which mostly fall around the middle of this century. But those alone will not keep the world on track to limiting warning to 2 degrees; the emissions reductions that take place over the next decade are crucial to meeting that goal. This is where COP should be judged – can it achieve the realignment of current 2030 targets required to keep us on track for under 2 degrees? Doing so would certainly register it as a success.”
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