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What COP26 left for us

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By Jang Daul

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Glasgow, Scotland, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 13.

The largest number of participants in the history of the UNFCCC COP joined seemingly the most important conference since the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015. The record attendance showed the high expectations of people around the world living in this era of climate crisis.

Global warming, or more accurately, "global heating," is not just about a temperature increase. It is also not only about the increased use of air conditioning and therefore higher electricity bills. It is more than an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

What climate change means is in fact a collapse of the Earth's life support system itself. That is why climate change is associated with a possible global food crisis, a water crisis, another pandemic and a global economic crisis, and it is why, therefore, the current pace of global heating is appropriately being called a "code red for humanity."

The mission of the Glasgow COP was meant to deliver on firmly closing the temperature increase gap to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the U.N. Environment Programme announced right before COP26 that we are on a "catastrophic" path to a temperature increase of 2.7 degrees, with a 66 percent or greater chance of this rise actually........

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