Climate change: How world can still take action despite coronavirus – Dr Richard Dixon. This year’s UN climate change summit should be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, but that means 2021 will have to be a year of two Conferences of the Parties (Cops). If it were to end up in the autumn of 2021 we would have effectively skipped a Cop, with a two-year gap between climate talks. This would be inexcusable at a time of acknowledged climate emergency and just as the 2015 Paris Agreement is supposed to come into force. Cop26 needs to be in the spring, followed by Cop27 towards the end of the year, so that 2021 can be a year of catch-up on climate action. This has happened before, 2001 had two sets of climate talks.
Scotsman 6th April 2020 read more »