Perhaps that was too simple a check for liveblog readers.
Cop-watchers will know that, through the years, there have been a number of Cop presidents who’re girls. In reality, the president of the final summit, Cop25, was a lady: Chile’s Carolina Schmidt.
BUT there are massive gaps in range and inclusiveness at Cop, not simply this 12 months however all years.
Final 12 months, a marketing campaign was launched to deal with that. Referred to as SHEChangesClimate, its objective is to make sure “all delegations, for all local weather negotiations, have no less than a 50% illustration of numerous girls at their prime ranges”.
You possibly can learn extra about the campaign here.
Slightly check for individuals who have carefully watched Cop through the years.
We’ve been getting numerous press releases right here on the Guardian throughout Cop26. One simply landed in a colleague’s inbox that caught her eye. To avoid wasting the advertising and marketing company embarrassment, I gained’t point out who despatched it, however have a learn of the under and attempt to guess what may be flawed:
“Main voices from the enterprise world have joined with environmental and social activists, scientists and politicians to induce that the president of COP27 is a lady. If profitable, this is able to be the primary girl president in COP historical past.”
Solely a tiny fraction of Cop26 delegates have examined optimistic for Covid-19, largely as a result of “distinctive” measures taken to restrict infections, the Scottish authorities has stated.
John Swinney, the deputy first minister, advised MSPs on Tuesday solely 0.1% of delegates with passes for the summit’s ‘blue zone’ examined optimistic by Friday final week, a interval masking the primary week of the occasion. He stated a full replace would observe when the summit ends.
Delegates have to finish and register each day lateral movement checks; produce proof of their checks outcomes; present vaccination certificates and observe distancing at occasions. These measures led to most of the prolonged queues and delays stepping into the convention zone final week.
Swinney stated the occasion, which might result in Covid an infection charges spiking once more, was being monitored very carefully.
“Covid-19 has introduced vital challenges to staging this distinctive occasion. The size and worldwide draw of Cop26 poses threat of unfold of Covid-19 each inside delegates and to or from the native inhabitants of Scotland and the UK.
“A complete and distinctive package deal of mitigation measures has been in place to make sure the occasion is delivered safely, serving to to guard the welfare of everybody concerned and the broader neighborhood.”
The speaker of the US Home of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has simply been (you guessed it) talking at an occasion attended by the press and US congresspeople.
“That is all concerning the kids,” she says. “Leaving a world the place they are often wholesome, safer, and extra in attain of their fulfilment.”
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It’s an excellent sunny afternoon exterior the summit venue because the band strikes up for an impromptu ceilidh (Scottish or Irish social gathering) organised by Extinction Revolt Scotland.
The ever-patient caller takes the worldwide crowd by way of the steps to the Homosexual Gordons dance simply because the Welsh Kitchen, which seems at XR occasions throughout the town, units up. At this time it’s cottage pie on the menu.
US should ‘ship to get credit score’ on local weather disaster, says Ocasio-Cortez
Talking at a sideline occasion at Cop, Ocasio-Cortez was amongst a gaggle of Democrats who hailed Joe Biden’s efforts to sort out the local weather disaster. However whereas she stated America “is again” within the local weather dialog, the Congresswoman stated this must be matched by actions.
“Now we have to ship to get credit score on local weather change, it’s so simple as that,” she stated.
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(Stepping away from the press convention, which simply ended, a little bit of political drama from our Scotland editor, Severin Carrell)
The Greens chief of Brighton and Hove metropolis council has apologised for “a serious failure of judgment” after flying from London to Glasgow, the place he lambasted the UK authorities for ineffective motion on local weather change on the Cop26 summit.
Phelim MacCafferty, who additionally co-chairs the council’s carbon neutrality working group, admitted he took the flight as an alternative of going by prepare on Friday, arguing he was fearful about warnings that rail travellers confronted delays that day.
The subsequent day, MacCafferty represented Brighton and Hove at an occasion to current the Glasgow declaration on local weather, attended by Greta Thunberg, and was on the mass march by way of the town on Saturday. Caroline Lucas, the Inexperienced MP for Brighton Pavilion, travelled to Glasgow by prepare.
He had been challenged about his journey by the Brighton Argus, a neighborhood paper. “This choice to fly was a serious failure of my judgment which fits towards my political group’s pledges and ideas and I unreservedly apologise,” he told the paper.
“I reluctantly took this very troublesome choice as a result of I used to be involved concerning the unreliability of the rail community following the well-publicised difficulties skilled by many individuals eager to journey by prepare to Glasgow the week earlier than, when trains had been cancelled.
“I used to be involved that this is able to occur once more and I felt it was essential to not miss the chance to attend the essential presentation on behalf of the town, foyer world leaders and share with others the progressive work happening in Brighton and Hove.”
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Scientists have warned that past 1.5C, a number of the injury to the earth’s local weather will grow to be irreversible.
The CAT analysts additionally discovered a chasm between what international locations have stated they’ll do on greenhouse gasoline emissions and their plans in actuality. If present insurance policies and measures are taken into consideration, relatively than simply objectives, heating would rise to 2.7C, based mostly on the CAT evaluation.
Learn the total report right here:
This would possibly come as a shock to avid readers. That’s as a result of simply final week, other organisations published more optimistic forecasts of 1.9C or 1.8C.
Nevertheless, these estimates had been based mostly on long-term objectives set out by international locations together with India, the world’s third-biggest emitter, which is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2070.
In contrast, the CAT based mostly its evaluation on international locations’ short-term objectives for the following decade.
Invoice Hare, the chief govt of Local weather Analytics, one of many organisations behind CAT, explains why long-term objectives are deceptive:
We’re involved that some international locations try to painting [Cop26] as if the 1.5C restrict is almost within the bag. But it surely’s not, it’s very removed from it, and they’re downplaying the necessity to get short-term targets for 2030 according to 1.5C.
Niklas Höhne, an creator of the report, stated:
International locations’ long-term intentions are good, however their short-term implementation is insufficient.
In different phrases, we are able to make guarantees for the longer term, however we have to make drastic and fast adjustments within the subsequent few years to keep away from catastrophe.
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World on a disastrous path to 2.4C heating based mostly on brief time period Cop26 pledges
And … the results are in. It’s very unhealthy information.
The Local weather Motion Tracker (CAT), the world’s most revered local weather evaluation coalition, has introduced that temperature rises will prime 2.4C by the tip of this century, based mostly on the short-term objectives international locations have set out at Cop26.
That’s a disastrous stage of world heating far in extra of the bounds within the Paris local weather settlement, regardless of a flurry of carbon-cutting pledges from governments at this 12 months’s UN summit.
At that stage, widespread excessive climate – sea stage rises, drought, floods, heatwaves and fiercer storms – would trigger devastation throughout the globe.
A reminder: the Paris accord aspirations had been of “properly under” 2C higher restrict, and the a lot safer 1.5C restrict.
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In twenty minutes, what could possibly be the largest information of the day goes to drop: the outcomes of the Local weather Motion Tracker.
- The CAT is the world’s most revered local weather evaluation coalition, offering unbiased studies to policymakers since 2009.
What does it do?
- It tracks and screens authorities local weather motion and, since 2015, measures it towards the globally agreed Paris Agreement goals.
What are these?
- For the primary time, wealthy and poor international locations joined collectively in a legally binding treaty pledging to carry international heating to properly under 2C, the scientifically-advised restrict of security, with an aspiration to not breach 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.
What is going to CAT say this 12 months?
- One can find out shortly.
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