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04MR17
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The COP26 Climate Summit starts this Sunday in Glasgow

Numerous World leaders are expected to attend. There has been considerable build up to the summit with many people wondering how far and how fast world governments will actually pledge to change the way that they work.

The official website for COP26 is here:
https://ukcop26.org/

The BBC has a need summary here if you want to read more:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56901261
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Gonna be a total disaster IMO. Important people have declined, the Queen dropping out has apparently sent a few waves of more sneakily quitting, Half the services and utilities in the city are either closed or on strike and the city is dangerously close to flooding with many roads and trains now having issues.

Thank swearword I'm not responsible for any of this utter maelstrom. In many ways I feel they're better pulling the plug now before it descends into blame tit for tat "So much selfish environmental damage for travel for a wet chat with someone who doesn't matter!" etc.
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I think it will be at least a moderate success for the politicians involved. It'll provide them with plenty of opportunities to say the right things in carefully crafted speeches, and to make strong and serious sounding pledges. For a short period afterwards, they'll be able to pat themselves on their backs and feel good about themselves.

The difficulty comes in delivering said pledges - at least for democratically elected governments, who will have to get them through their government. Biden is currently having problems getting some of his climate legislation through congress, for example. That's the real challenge - not getting politicians to gather with their contemporaries at a conference and make promises to do things, but firstly for these promises to be turned into policies, and secondly, for these policies to be enacted.

I'm not particularly optimistic on either of those fronts. I think a lot of politicians greatly underestimate the financial cost and practical reality of being able to switch to "net zero". And I'm not sure how much the people would support it in practice.
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Only one of 2 things happen when politicians speak. a) nothing or b) your average citizen gets **** on.
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(Original post by Djtoodles)
Only one of 2 things happen when politicians speak. a) nothing or b) your average citizen gets **** on.
Expecting a heavy dose of b) this time.
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Yet another talking shop where i seriously doubt anything will happen.
China and Russia arent attending, the worlds biggest polluter and one of the biggest oil and gas producers, America will say itll abide and then ignore it or actively renegade on any promises made and in general the 3rd world will probably not listen to it as they see no reason they should be punished for our past proclivity for dumping coal smoke into the air and whatnot.

A touch pessimistic and id like to be proved wrong... but i doubt it.
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Don't fireworks have a high carbon footprint?
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(Original post by NJA)
Don't fireworks have a high carbon footprint?
Prob sod all next to BoJo flying back home for his big dinner for abolishing safeguards.

He embarrassed us as a nation by flying home like that, and that's still compared to how cringeworthy he was making speeches to the world leaders. Cop26 seems a total bust.
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Apparently talks are continuing through the night tonight.

BBC leading with this story tonight
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BBC News today leading with COP26, focusing on India and China's resistance to reducing coal use
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