What could be unfolding in the minds of those who gather at the Glasgow climate change summit (COP26)? 1 For anyone’s guess, it could be gas, gas, go away!! For, climate change is about gas emissions.
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COP (Conference of the Parties) is the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Presently there are 197 parties. COP21 held in Paris in December 2015 agreed upon limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. Subsequent COPs assess the progress made towards this.
What Could Transpire in Glasgow?
- Fresh national pledges and additional commitments to achieve the Paris Agreement target.
- Large congregation of world leaders, negotiators and representatives of governments, businesses and citizens make the conference unique.
- Debates on the dependence of developing economies on fossil fuels and their inability to implement total carbon neutrality.
Though greenhouse gas emissions2 cannot be totally avoided, balancing out the adverse effects with actions such as planting trees and using technology that neutralises the emissions can be considered.
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Which one, according to you, is contributing more emissions in India? Power projects or transport sector? Why?
1 COP26, 26th edition of UN climate change summit is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021. COP refers to the decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
2 Greenhouse gases are emissions released into Earth’s atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, like natural gas, oil, and coal.