Climate Change Conference

The author, Francesca Edralin, stands before the COP26 sign in Glasgow. (Image courtesy Francesca Edralin)

George Washington University
Despite all advocating for the same issue of climate change, the energies and objectives of each space at COP26 were actually quite different. But what we need is to work together.
University of Connecticut COP26 delegates stand with Sudanese-American poet and activist, Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud, before a blue background

University of Connecticut COP26 delegates stand with Sudanese-American poet and activist, Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud, center. (University of Connecticut)

University of Connecticut
The UN COP conferences would be different if we listened more intently to those being directly impacted by the climate crisis.
A colorful sky warms up the landscape view of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China

A view of the Forbidden City from Jingshan Park in Beijing. (Daniel Mathis/Creative Commons 3.0)

George Washington University
Today is the final day of COP26. How should we reflect on the conference? What discussions remain to be tackled?
A prototype wooden model of the architect's triangular structure, and features scaled down human figures, and boats. The sides of the building are open to allow the viewer to peer inside.

Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi's NLÉ studio developed the Makoko Floating School as a prototype for building in areas prone to flooding. The triangular shape gives the structure stability on the water, with a low center of gravity. (B/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
On the second to last day of COP26, the official theme of the day is cities, regions, and built environments. But what is a built environment, and why is the link to climate change so important?

Food scraps are turned into methane and other gases that are captured and turned into fuel in UC Davis' Renewable Energy Anaerobic Biodigester. (KQED Quest/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
There are only two days left at COP26, and while much progress has been made, there's still more to do. Today learn about how reducing methane could change our climate's course, and explore packaging challenges.

A girl cooks yuka to make a drink, Napo Province, Ecuador. (Tomas Munita/Center for International Forestry Research)

George Washington University
Today at COP26, the theme is gender and industry. Our first story asks: Can COP26 become a turning point for gender responsive climate action?
Moss-covered temple in Cambodia

This temple at Angkor Wat in Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia, shows how nature adapted to grow around a man-made structure. But how will humans adapt to changes in nature due to climate change? (James Wheeler/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Today is day nine of COP26, and the theme is adaptation, loss, damage, and resilience.
A tall forest of trees are silhouetted and surrounded by mist, while blue sky peeks through the tops of the trees

(Mike Petrucci/Unsplash)

George Washington University
Today we look at a topic that spans almost every day of the conference: Indigenous peoples’ knowledge, experiences, and solutions to climate change.

Tanner Springs Park in Portland, Oregon, is connected to the busy Jamison Square two blocks away by a wooden boardwalk made of ipê, Tanner Springs Park is quiet and naturalistic, designed by Atelier Dreiseitl and GreenWorks PC. (Tony Moore/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
It’s the seventh of COP26, and the themes of the day are nature and land use. 

A giant mural featuring the climate activist Greta Thunberg was in Bristol, England, created by local street artist Jody in 2019. As of July 2021 the mural was painted over and is no longer visible. (Duncan Cumming/Flickr/Creative Commons 2.0)

George Washington University
It’s the sixth day of COP26, and today the conference is focusing on youth empowerment, and water, oceans and coastal zones.

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