Science & Tech



What’s so significant about the language of the draft deal?

13th November 2021

Since Wednesday 10 November, there have been a number of updated versions the COP26 draft deal produced as the conference heads towards making its final announcement. With each update comes subtle changes in phrasing, that hint towards more larger changes in meaning. From phasing out of coal to “unabated” coal, to the reduction of “inefficient” ...


Are targets being achieved?

12th November 2021

The COP26 draft deal has been revised since its first publication on Wednesday. What is the newest announcement, and what are we still needing from the final announcement? The mainstay topics of the climate conference have included “adaptation, negotiation, and finance”, as reinforced by Boris Johnson in his recent press conference at COP26. In this ...


Foresty, food and the future of farming

11th November 2021

A COP26 event hosted by WWF this afternoon discussed the importance of agriculture in helping fight the climate emergency, and emphasised the need for more young people in farming. Hosted in the WWF pavilion in the blue zone, “Nature: the unsung hero of the food system” consisted of a panel of three in-person, with others ...


The COP26 draft deal is published… is it too little too late?

10th November 2021

This morning, the draft deal for COP26 was published. What’s been put forward so far? To date, approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius of heating has occurred, thanks to the actions of humanity. Though the figure sounds small, regional climate changes have been felt across the world, on a scale that is definitely not proportionate. Inside of ...


COP26: What are we expecting?

10th November 2021

Negotiations are quickly drawing to a close and it is time to consider the bigger picture surrounding the climate crisis. We’re past halfway at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. With many commitments already being agreed upon and several conferences held over the past week, now is the time to put these into the bigger picture ...


Obama on the youth of today

9th November 2021

President Obama spoke at COP26 yesterday about the power of young people in fight for climate justice. It’s been nine days since COP26 started, and a number of opening speeches, national statements, discussions and conclusions have been had. Boris Johnson has made a myriad of appearances, bumbled up to the podium and, surprisingly, produced some ...


Finance ministers mobilise funding for large-scale climate action

8th November 2021

Monetary pledges have been made at COP26 to help limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In their day of meetings at COP26 finance ministers and international finance institutions across the globe have made an agreement to make funds available for large-scale climate action in recognition that monetary pledges are critical in order to ...


Week one is done: what has COP26 achieved so far?

7th November 2021

A week has passed since the UN climate conference began, and a myriad of talks with names big and small have taken place over the last seven days. Which subjects are the big ones, and what has been said? And are we actually making progress? Editor-in-Chief Lucy Dunn summarises. Powerful remarks Many countries have made ...


Finance, food and farming at COP26

4th November 2021

Science & Tech Editor Matt Laing conveys his confusion at differing perspectives at COP26. As COP26 kicks off in Glasgow, the eyes of the world turn to the climate. The vogue fashion of the day has tended to sustainability. Even within the conference however there is a great deal of disparity between the attendees’ intentions, ...


World leaders make commitment to end deforestation by 2030

4th November 2021

The first major deal was struck at the COP26 climate summit on Tuesday morning as more than 100 world leaders have made a promise to end and reverse the effects of deforestation by 2030. The deforestation commitment includes almost £14bn of private and public funds to tackle human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Almost a quarter of greenhouse ...