Look: The biggest developments at COP26

G20 leaders agreed in late February to discuss the topic of climate change in more detail at their March meeting, but members are still wrangling over how it should be addressed and what it…

Look: The biggest developments at COP26

G20 leaders agreed in late February to discuss the topic of climate change in more detail at their March meeting, but members are still wrangling over how it should be addressed and what it means to curb emissions of greenhouse gases.

On that front, the meeting was an uninspiring affair, in which commitments were slow to be made and few concrete initiatives put forward. In addition, a plan to phase out super-glossy “petrochemical” packaging was not included.

The results of COP26 are not very encouraging. They are encouraging in the sense that the G20 countries should be doing more to address climate change and sustainable development, but not the way the group was hoping for.

As this summary graphic from Johns Hopkins University shows, the measure of success of this week’s talks is the number of proposals created, not how well they were implemented. And despite the enormous resources (over $40 billion) poured into the conference, many of the countries who entered the meeting with best intentions did not come away with anything positive, whether it was on climate change or the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about COP26 at CNN.com.

(Courtesy of COP26)

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