These articles criticize COP26’s shortcomings

Leaders at COP26 are massively killing the Paris Agreement:


The Young Climate Diplomats Fighting to Save Their Countries:  They grew up witnessing damages from climate change in Rwanda and Ethiopia and are calling on wealthy countries to fund adaptation and pay for losses already suffered:


In a New Policy Statement, the Nation’s Physicists Toughen Their Stance on Climate Change, Stressing Its Reality and Urgency:  The American Physical Society’s new policy is a shift from its 2015 statement, which called the magnitude of future climate impacts “uncertain” and referred to “significant” natural sources of warming:


In a Stark Letter, and In Person, Researchers Urge World Leaders at COP26 to Finally Act on Science:  Past climate summit decisions have been disconnected from reality, scientists say. Some find hopeful signs in COP26 draft documents; others see the “same old, same old.”


Nations Most Impacted by Global Warming Kept Out of Key Climate Meetings in Glasgow:  Concerns about equal access spur sharp letters from United Nations officers and rebukes from developing nations of the COP26 process:


In Glasgow, COP26 Negotiators Do Little to Cut Emissions, but Allow Oil and Gas Executives to Rest Easy:  Pledges were made and alliances formed, but reading the fine print, the petroleum industry retains its hold on the world’s economy, at least in the short term:


At COP26, Youth Activists From Around the World Call Out Decades of Delay:  Young people from around the world strike at home and in Glasgow to protest climate inaction from government leaders:


Also, The Progressive Magazine reported this on Saturday morning November 13, 2021:

Dear Progressive Reader,

Discussions have moved into overtime in the United Nations-sponsored COP26 conference on global climate that has been taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. The meetings were scheduled to end on Friday. “How many COPs [does it take] to arrest climate chaos?” read one protest banner outside of the meetings. The answer almost certainly appears to be “more than 26.” In December 2019, at the conclusion of the last climate meetings held before the pandemic put global gatherings on hiatus, UN Secretary General António Guterres said that he was disappointed with the outcome, declaring that leaders had missed an opportunity to be more ambitious on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and financing for poorer countries.

This year’s meetings seem on track to fall short as well. As the closing plenary kicks off, environmental writer Tina Gerhardt describes today as “huddle day” when the delegates gather in small groups to try desperately to come up with compromises that will allow them, at least in public, to say they accomplished something over the past two weeks. As the reality of the climate crisis looms ever larger around the globe (from rising seas to raging fires to powerful storms), the stakes are too high to simply accomplish nothing in this “sudden death overtime” of transnational bargaining.

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