COP26 and EU environmental policy
How can we help in achieving our global climate goals?
November 2021 once again put climate change in the spotlight for Europe and the world as twenty-five thousand delegates from nearly 200 countries came together for the UN’s annual climate summit, COP26. Hopes were high for the meeting and several achievements were made, but many have questioned if the resulting document, the Glasgow Climate Pact, went far enough. On the EGUblogs Media and Communications Officer Gillian D’Souza investigated what we will need to do to meet even the conservative aims of the Glasgow Climate Pact, whilst IPCC Working Group 1 Science Lead Sarah Connors explained in an EGUwebinar the place of the recent report in COP26, but also how scientists can get involved in the future. “At the end of every chapter of IPCC reports there are concluding remarks that talk about things that we couldn’t assess because we didn’t have enough available literature… so if people are looking to help with new research I would recommend reading the IPCC chapters.” Watch the full webinar here.
EGU has a strong commitment to participating in European Science for Policy, and this month we launched the new Policy Priority Area for 2022-24: Biodiversity, as well as an open call for members of the new Biodiversity Task Force, both initiatives shaped by the EGU Science for Policy Working Group. This month’s GeoTalk is with Noel Baker, a member of the Working Group, who talked about her experience in working at the science-policy interface. “Scientists are an extremely valuable resource for informing policy and decision-making,” says Noel, “and in many cases, our involvement is necessary to ensure that stakeholders have access to the most accurate, up-to-date information.” Find out more information about how you can get involved here.