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Glasgow talks: results and challenges

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By Yoo Youn-cheol

The 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26), the annual United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks, took place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.

This was the first in-person multilateral environmental meeting that took place after a delay of a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the list published by the UNFCCC, around 40,000 participants registered for COP26, making this the largest COP in history. COP26 featured unique arrangements, including daily self-testing requirements and socially-distanced meeting rooms.

It is noteworthy that the venue, Glasgow in Scotland, was the hub of the Industrial Revolution in the 1800's along with Manchester and Liverpool in England. The main cities that gave rise to the Industrial Revolution which had the most impact on global warming in the past. It was, therefore, a significant place to renew and restart the determination of the world to tackle climate change.

The World Leaders Summit was held Nov. 1 and 2 to focus on the need for an increased ambition to tackle climate change. It brought over 120 heads of state and government together. The U.K. tallied that $800 million was pledged for adaptation at COP26, including the first-ever U.S. contributions to the Adaptation Fund.

COP26 aimed at discussing the progress and challenges related to the Paris Agreement. At the heart of the Paris Agreement are the Nationally Determined........

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