COP26 climate conference in Glasgow — the two-day show was a non-starter

Written by Cate Kaler, CNN

Britain’s COP26 climate conference — the third in the ongoing negotiations to build a new global climate deal, which began Sunday in the Scottish city of Glasgow — was a non-starter.

And this despite the efforts of a passionate UK government delegation and announcements of interest from dozens of national leaders at the two-day conference.

Despite advances made at last year’s COP 24 , 2017 was the hottest year on record globally, and climate science is moving faster than any political systems.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister.

“Today, the world needs to sprint to succeed, and need speed on both sides of the table.”

Last year’s COP24 in Katowice, Poland, produced agreement on nearly all parties’ key issues, with the sole exception of the US delegation, which said it could not support a new agreement without President Donald Trump.

The COP was nonetheless hailed a success by environmentalists as a strengthening of the Paris Agreement, ratified by nearly 200 countries in 2016, and an agreement to maintain the “rulebook” on countries’ emissions reductions, agreed to in 2014.

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