COP26 Coverage

About the COP26 Coverage Series

DeSmog is on the ground at the UK-hosted United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland and will be bringing you news throughout the two-week conference.

In This Series

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The ‘sustainability principles’ outlined in the document could in fact contribute to increased carbon emissions in the atmosphere, a policy analyst has claimed.

The ‘sustainability principles’ outlined in the document could in fact contribute to increased carbon emissions in the atmosphere, a policy analyst has claimed.
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The countries involved produce only a small proportion of global oil and gas supply, but see the world-first diplomatic effort as a starting point.

The countries involved produce only a small proportion of global oil and gas supply, but see the world-first diplomatic effort as a starting point.
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CAR26 director Lois Perry was at a fringe event outside the official summit and organisers say she “left of her own accord”.

CAR26 director Lois Perry was at a fringe event outside the official summit and organisers say she “left of her own accord”.
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Campaigners criticised the Spanish energy giant and its subsidiary ScottishPower, an official COP26 sponsor, over their green PR at the UN climate summit.

Campaigners criticised the Spanish energy giant and its subsidiary ScottishPower, an official COP26 sponsor, over their green PR at the UN climate summit.
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The major American bank is helping fund the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, which threatens First Nation lands in Canada.

The major American bank is helping fund the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, which threatens First Nation lands in Canada.
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“This is a very cheap shot, really a sign of desperate grasping for something to criticise,” a professor of environmental studies said in response to the news.

“This is a very cheap shot, really a sign of desperate grasping for something to criticise,” a professor of environmental studies said in response to the news.
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A tour by activists exposes Glasgow’s contribution to climate and racial injustice.

A tour by activists exposes Glasgow’s contribution to climate and racial injustice.
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The major U.S. car producer has a history of supporting climate science denial and lobbying for weaker climate policies.

The major U.S. car producer has a history of supporting climate science denial and lobbying for weaker climate policies.
Analysis
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A DeSmog analysis found that the delegations from multiple countries are heavily drawn from their oil ministries and even large oil companies. Shell and other publicly traded oil giants are also attending the climate proceedings under the cover of trade groups.

A DeSmog analysis found that the delegations from multiple countries are heavily drawn from their oil ministries and even large oil companies. Shell and other publicly traded oil giants are also attending the climate proceedings under the cover of trade groups.
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Indigenous groups led the march amid criticism that they have been side-lined from the official COP26 summit.

Indigenous groups led the march amid criticism that they have been side-lined from the official COP26 summit.
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Campaigners said the news demonstrated a “classic case of the revolving door” between “big polluters” and governments.

Campaigners said the news demonstrated a “classic case of the revolving door” between “big polluters” and governments.
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Campaigners have described the event in Glasgow as a "farce" and a "corporate schmoozefest".

Campaigners have described the event in Glasgow as a "farce" and a "corporate schmoozefest".
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Experts said his “prehistoric arguments” in the Spectator prove that Net Zero Watch is really “a front for tired old climate change denial”. 

Experts said his “prehistoric arguments” in the Spectator prove that Net Zero Watch is really “a front for tired old climate change denial”. 
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Denmark and South Africa were the only exceptions among the 35 country pavilions at the UN climate summit, and the latter’s stall is sponsored by coal companies.

Denmark and South Africa were the only exceptions among the 35 country pavilions at the UN climate summit, and the latter’s stall is sponsored by coal companies.
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Environmental groups are calling on world leaders to bring in tougher rules on fossil fuel companies’ access to policy-making processes.

Environmental groups are calling on world leaders to bring in tougher rules on fossil fuel companies’ access to policy-making processes.
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The COP26 delegation includes the CEO of Minerva Foods, and the chair of Marfrig, two of the world’s largest beef companies. Critics say their presence "smacks of greenwashing."

The COP26 delegation includes the CEO of Minerva Foods, and the chair of Marfrig, two of the world’s largest beef companies. Critics say their presence "smacks of greenwashing."
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CFACT and the Heartland Institute are hosting an alternative side event — but “these days, almost no-one cares,” says one climate expert.

CFACT and the Heartland Institute are hosting an alternative side event — but “these days, almost no-one cares,” says one climate expert.
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The group of House Republicans assert that their trip to the UN climate summit reflects a sincere interest in climate change, but together they’ve raised more than $2.5 million from the fossil fuel industry over their careers, raising doubts about the purpose of their trip.

The group of House Republicans assert that their trip to the UN climate summit reflects a sincere interest in climate change, but together they’ve raised more than $2.5 million from the fossil fuel industry over their careers, raising doubts about the purpose of their trip.
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A “Net Zero” carbon emissions approach, the keystone of many government and corporate strategies on climate change, is a pollute now, pay later strategy, a new report argues.

A “Net Zero” carbon emissions approach, the keystone of many government and corporate strategies on climate change, is a pollute now, pay later strategy, a new report argues.
Opinion
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The Biden administration's commitment to natural gas, also known as fossil gas, isn't a commitment to reaching net-zero by 2050, says a researcher at Global Witness; it's a promise to the oil and gas industry that they're still in control. As a major climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, approaches, the Biden administration must urgently change course on fossil gas.

The Biden administration's commitment to natural gas, also known as fossil gas, isn't a commitment to reaching net-zero by 2050, says a researcher at Global Witness; it's a promise to the oil and gas industry that they're still in control. As a major climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, approaches, the Biden administration must urgently change course on fossil gas.
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Campaigners warn that the lack of events on the primary driver of climate change risks focus on the urgent need to keep oil, gas and coal in the ground being lost.

Campaigners warn that the lack of events on the primary driver of climate change risks focus on the urgent need to keep oil, gas and coal in the ground being lost.
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DLA Piper, whose clients have included Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP, will provide legal services to the UN climate change summit.

DLA Piper, whose clients have included Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP, will provide legal services to the UN climate change summit.
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The criticism comes despite COP26 President Alok Sharma insisting that the summit would be an "inclusive" event, with “all voices” heard.

The criticism comes despite COP26 President Alok Sharma insisting that the summit would be an "inclusive" event, with “all voices” heard.
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Protesters in Parliament Square this morning said the government was failing to show enough leadership in the run-up to the UN summit, due to start in Glasgow in 100 days.

Protesters in Parliament Square this morning said the government was failing to show enough leadership in the run-up to the UN summit, due to start in Glasgow in 100 days.
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Claire O’Neill will be free to advise energy companies and lobby government departments when the conditions on her appointment expire in two days.

Claire O’Neill will be free to advise energy companies and lobby government departments when the conditions on her appointment expire in two days.
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Pro-fracking union leader Gary Smith has accused politicians of “preaching about the need for a green jobs’ revolution” and said Glasgow's hosting of the UN climate summit showed the UK had its "priorities all wrong".

Pro-fracking union leader Gary Smith has accused politicians of “preaching about the need for a green jobs’ revolution” and said Glasgow's hosting of the UN climate summit showed the UK had its "priorities all wrong".
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Institutions from eleven countries announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies and urge others to follow their example.

Institutions from eleven countries announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies and urge others to follow their example.
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Five of the individuals praised at COP26 event hold senior roles at fossil fuel companies and investors, including Suncor and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Five of the individuals praised at COP26 event hold senior roles at fossil fuel companies and investors, including Suncor and the Royal Bank of Canada.
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Campaigners are demanding the Government reject greenwash by excluding all major polluters from sponsorship of next year’s pivotal UN climate talks. The UK has this week announced its first four...
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Alok Sharma has today been appointed President of COP26, the UN climate negotiations taking place in Glasgow later this year, following Claire O’Neill’s removal from the post last month. Sharma,...