December 16, 2021
Glass half full: Cornell’s COP26 delegation returns informed, inspired
By Jana Wiegand
Last month, 10 Cornell faculty traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to participate in the United Nations’ climate summit, COP26, where they met with policy-makers, business representatives, researchers and activists from around the world — all trying to finesse the finer details of the Paris Accord and refine global commitments to combating climate change.
While governments discussed the billions of dollars they were allocating to meet existing commitments, advocates called for even more urgent action — citing the trillions of dollars needed every year to keep global warming from surpassing 1.5 degrees Celsius. They put the heat on negotiators, trying to convince parties from all sectors to make up the gap.