An intricate look towards the COP26
Climate Change has been a topic in the spotlight for 20 years now. Global warming has been provoked even more by emissions of fossil fuels like coal and gas. Catastrophes and intense weather changes linked to climate change are on the brink of going overboard. The last decade had been recorded as the warmest decade ever and so immediate action had to be taken regarding this. This is where the Paris Agreement took place. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. Just like this, many summits, gatherings and official UN meets have taken place to work towards Global Warming or more specifically put climate change. COP26 is a summit in relevance to this. Countries have to keep cutting emissions until reaching Net Zero in 2050.
Net Zero — A key factor in regards to climate change:
Net Zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away. But what impact does it have on our daily lives or simply put what role does it play? Net Zero requires us to balance the number of greenhouse gases we emit with the amount we remove. When what we add is no more than what we take away we reach net zero. This state is also referred to as carbon neutral; although zero emissions and zero carbon are slightly different, as they usually mean that no emissions were produced in the first place. Net Zero is important as it’s the best way we can tackle climate change by reducing global warming.
Goals that have been agreed upon in the COP26:
1) Coal — More than 35 countries have decided and agreed to shift away from coal, which is one of the biggest pollution emitters.
2) Methane — About 100 countries have joined to reduce methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030.
3) Trees — More than 100 world delegations have pledged to tackle deforestation.
So far, the COP26 is turning out to be quite productive and fruitful.
What we do in the next decade to limit emissions will be critical to the future, which is why every country, sector, industry and each one of us must work together to find ways to cut the carbon we produce.