COP26: A simple guide by numbers

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COP26 is a global United Nations summit taking place in Glasgow with the purpose of tackling climate change. Here is a rundown of what you need to know, by numbers:


At the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, it was agreed that countries should aim to limit the global temperature rise to an average 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.


UN forecasts predict an average rise of 2.7°C by the end of the century based on current emissions pledges.


The last seven years have all been the hottest on record.


The summit runs for twelve days from 31 October to 12 November 2021.


Global carbon emissions are currently set to rise by 16% by 2030 based on current UN forecasts.


Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg will be 18 years old when she attends COP26.


The summit in Glasgow is the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties since the inaugural meeting in Berlin in 1995.


Death Valley, California recorded a temperature of 54.44°C on 9 July 2021.


Natural historian Sir David Attenborough will be 95 years old when he attends COP26.


More than 100 world leaders have promised to end and reverse deforestation by 2030.


Leaders from 120 countries will be in attendance at COP26.


The UK government has pledged to have reduced UK carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by the year 2050.


It is anticipated that more than 30,000 people will attend COP26, including world leaders, politicians, scientists, activists, journalists and representatives of NGOs and business.


The world’s wealthiest economies have pledged to give $100 billion to the developing world by 2023 in order to alleviate the impacts of climate change.


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