Essential outcomes for COP26

Pete Smith* (Corresponding Author), Linda Beaumont, Carl J. Bernacchi, Maria Byrne, William Cheung, Richard T. Conant, Francesca Cotrufo, Xiaojuan Feng, Ivan Janssens, Hefin Jones, Miko U. F. Kirschbaum, Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Julie LaRoche, Yiqi Luo, Andrew McKechnie, Josep Penuelas, Shilong Piao, Sharon Robinson, Rowan F. Sage, David J. SuggetStephen J. Thackeray, Danielle Way, Stephen P. Long

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The UK Government is hosting COP26 in Glasgow between 31st October and 12th November 2021. It plans to make progress in four key areas which summarize as ‘coal, cars, cash and trees’ (Carbon Brief, 2021). The first two of these aims—to get agreement for the rapid phase out of coal, the most polluting of fossil fuels, and to ensure a rapid transition away for cars fuelled by fossil fuels—are very important, but are not directly related to the remit of Global Change Biology. The latter two aims—ensuring that the financial support of $100 billion per year promised in 2010 by wealthy countries to developing countries finally gets delivered and ensuring that climate solutions adopted also co-deliver to nature—are squarely within the remit of Global Change Biology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Issue number1
Early online date25 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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  • General Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Global and Planetary Change


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