With the next United Nations climate summit, COP26, just three months away, messages continue to mount from political, economic and scientific corners pressuring world leaders to ensure the meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, turns the tide in the global response to climate change.
July 30 was the cutoff date for countries to submit their national climate pledges — known as nationally determined contributions, or NDCs — ahead of COP26 (Nov. 1-12). A synthesis report will be issued later this year detailing how those pledges stack up to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting the rise in average global temperature to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius. And on Aug. 9, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will issue a new report updating the science of climate change.
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