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by Kingsley Nzeadibe

Global warming is the major cause of weather disasters, which are now five times more common than they were in the 1970s. The world will be watching the annual COP26 climate change summit in Glasglow, Scotland, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 to see if leaders will be able to speed up action.

It is no longer a problem that just occurs in other places. The year 2021 has been marked by near-biblical weather events in the United States. As many as a quarter of Texans lost power due to extreme cold. Hundreds of people died in the Pacific Northwest as an unusual heat dome drove temperatures as high as 117 degrees. Thousands of homes in California were destroyed by massive wildfires. Tropical Storm Henri wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, costing as much as $12 billion. In Tennessee, in August, heavy rains killed 20 people. Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on New York, Philadelphia, and other cities around the country, causing catastrophic floods.
On November 1, President Biden will visit Scotland to meet with world leaders. But, more importantly, what will they be able to accomplish?

COP26 stands for Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The annual United Nations gathering of the 197 countries who have agreed to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was first approved in 1992, is known as COP26. The gathering serves as the decision-making body for the countries that have ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It’s held to see how successfully countries are handling climate change.
The organization also imposes legally binding greenhouse gas emission reduction obligations on member countries.

COP26 is an acronym for the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN

Because it is a gathering of the parties or countries who signed the accord, COP stands for “Conference of the Parties.” All signatories have met for the 26th time. In 1995, in Berlin, the first was held. It was planned to happen last year, but because to COVID-19, COP26 had to be postponed.

What is the significance of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26)?

The end-of-the-road is rapidly approaching.
CO2 levels in the atmosphere were 280 parts per million prior to the industrial revolution. 419 parts per million is the current measurement.
According to scientists, mankind has approximately a decade to drastically reduce heat-trapping gas emissions before reaching limits that may make climate recovery impossible.

What are the policy objectives of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26)?

The overarching goal is to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius as a result of climate change. The Earth’s temperature has already risen an estimated 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) due to the burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere.

Who will attend the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26)?

The formal talks will be attended by approximately 20,000 individuals. Government officials, scientists, and policy specialists are among them.

Hundreds of world leaders, as well as other well-known figures, are expected to attend to emphasize the significance of combating climate change. Prince Charles, Camilla, and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have all confirmed their attendance in Glasgow. Depending on his health, Pope Francis intends to attend.

Will Vice President Joe Biden attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26)?

Yes. Biden will be there Nov. 1 and 2 for the World Leader Summit section of the meeting, but he may not be able to offer much progress from the US. As part of a bigger infrastructure plan, his administration has been attempting to pass a climate agenda. It had been blocked by Republicans and one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who does not favor the plan’s clean energy measures, as of last week. Biden had intended to arrive in Glasgow with a renewed US commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating that America can follow through on its vow to do its share. It’s still unknown what he’ll be able to bring to the table.

Is Greta Thunberg going to be there? Who is it that is protesting?

Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist and high school student, planned to demonstrate there during COP26. On Saturday, Nov. 6, a climate rally is planned to attract up to 150,000 people. During 10,000 police officers from across Scotland and the United Kingdom will be deployed over the duration of the 13-day conference.

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