Countdown to COP26!

With the COP26 climate-change summit growing ever closer, it's making the news more and more.

On this page, you can keep track of the biggest news stories about it.

You can add your comments and responses at the bottom - just make sure you show which news story you're talking about!


October 25th

Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report

From the BBC: "A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change.

The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels."

Read the full story here.


October 11th 2021

Giant polar bear makes its way to COP26.

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October 6th 2021

Voices from global south muted by climate science

As reported by the BBC, Climate change academics from some of the regions worst hit by warming are struggling to be published, according to a new analysis.

"The study looked at 100 of the most highly cited climate research papers over the past five years.

Fewer than 1% of the authors were based in Africa, while only 12 of the papers had a female lead researcher.

The lack of diverse voices means key perspectives are being ignored, says the study's author," writes Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent.

Learn more here.


October 4th 2021

What climate scientists can teach us about dealing with climate change doom

So what can you do if you're worried the planet is doomed? ask the BBC.

They asked group of scientists who have been working on climate change for years about what worked for them.

Read their advice here.


September 28th 2021

Greta Thunberg mocks world leaders in 'blah, blah, blah' speech

BBC news reports: "The Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, used her speech at the Youth4Climate conference in Milan to mock the words of world leaders, including UK PM Boris Johnson. The 18-year-old used soundbites from Mr Johnson, such as "expensive bunny hugging" and "build back better", to highlight what she called the "empty words and promises" of politicians. Later in the speech, she urged people not to give up hope, saying that change is "not only possible, but urgently necessary". Many countries have announced ambitious targets to reduce their emissions to tackle climate change. The UK, for example, has pledged to cut 78% of its emissions by 2035, from a 1990 baseline. But the government's current plans are projected to deliver less than a quarter of the cuts needed to meet the goal."

Read the article. Why do you think Greta Thunberg took this approach?


September 27th 2021

Australia PM undecided on attending crucial climate summit

BBC news reports: Australia's prime minister has signalled he may not attend the UN's landmark climate conference in November as his government faces continued criticism of its poor climate record.

In an interview, Scott Morrison said he had "not made any final decisions" on attending, suggesting it was a burden.

Read the article. Do you think its fair for a world leader to call COP26 a burden?

Comments (26)

  • British Council.jpg caring_personality | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    I think she took this opproach in older to scold world leaders for being slow in finding a solution to climate change and also to encourage people not to lose hope.
    Do you think it is fair to describe pleaser as a global burden? I think that every leader who is negligent in the right of his country deserues to be described as a burden.

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    1. image002.jpg EXPERT: Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG
      caring_personality's comment 01 Oct 2021

      Do you think her argument was any better than some of the politicians that she was criticising she was using a sound bite Of her own and in Do you agree this was inexactly the same-way a politician would?

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  • British Council.jpg dependable_wombat | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    As far as I think, Greta Thunberg took this approach to bring the ignorance of the world leaders towards the problems that the general people of the world are facing into light and make people aware of the urgent necessity of the changes required for global developement .

    I think it is not fair for a world leader to call COP26 a burden because it is the sole duty of a world leader to ensure whether the condition of the climate of the world is gradually changing and how to decrease its side effects , but addressing his own responsibility as burden cannot be termed fair.

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    1. image002.jpg EXPERT: Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG
      dependable_wombat's comment 01 Oct 2021

      Do you think it is easy being a world leader With so many difficult global challenges to address a fairly amongst donations at the speed that they demand

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      1. British Council.jpg caring_personality | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG's comment 07 Oct 2021

        Yes, her reaction was very beautiful because it is rare to find someone who cares about his country

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      2. British Council.jpg dependable_wombat | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG's comment 16 Oct 2021

        obviously it is not,but I think that the one taking the responsibility should be able to fulfill that ,maybe sooner or later.

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  • British Council.jpg trustworthy_orangutan | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    According to me, the reason why she took this approach is that she thinks that the world leaders are intentionally lacking in action and although being aware of the devastating results of climate change ,they are not taking rapid actions.But she being a teenager and the generation of future leaders,climate change will have the greatest impact on us,although we are contributing the least to it.I guess her being aggressive and mocking them is coming from her being concerned about the future of the present world.

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  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    In my opinion, she is right. They are proposing suggestions that may take a lot of time to implement, but time is running out for us. We must find a solution that is not an alternative, but rather a temporary one until practical steps begin to reduce carbon emissions. We do not know. It may be too late, in my opinion, by 2035. I will not be passive, but this is not a solution. Effective in these circumstances that we live in now, and if we think about it on the other hand, after a few years, it is certain that technology will develop and this has two aspects, the first and the positive, that we can discover alternative energy that reduces carbon emissions, and the negative one is that we do not find an alternative and emissions will gradually become more. this is my opinion what about you?!

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  • British Council.jpg reflective_beaver | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    From my point of view, she is a remarkable person for being young and having such a simple way of protesting .She makes every young person believe that he / she has the power. She is challenged the young people to join the frontlines and have a say in the affairs of their future .The new generation needs to know they are important right now.
    Her impact has been inspirational for me since she first started her protest.
    I totally believe that truth needs much power and energy.

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  • image002.jpg EXPERT: Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG
    01 Oct 2021

    @reflective Thank you for your comments I agree that she is remarkable for being so young and being able to command such a strong presence on the global news how do you know she speaks the truth?
    _beaver

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  • British Council.jpg super_flight | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    02 Oct 2021

    I think she used this approach to awaken the youth and young people. She wanted to breathe a new life among the people through her speech that every youngster can be a Frontline soldier to protect environment and climatic changes. In my opinion she protested in a very impressive manner against the hollow promises of politicians intentionally or unintentionally.

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  • British Council.jpg fearless_ostrich | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X) G-11/1 | Pakistan
    02 Oct 2021

    Yes according to me the reason why she took this approach 🙄 is that think so leaders are intentionally She thinks that they are aware of everything but they are not helping us on purpose but everything is wrong and we will raise our voice against it. There is no such thing as all the people who are putting wrong things in their minds And we have to get all these misconceptions out of our hearts and minds . So that they also raise their voices against them and we all respond to them together

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  • British Council.jpg beloved_butterfly | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Oct 2021

    From my point of view, she's a character who wants to challenge her age and she's right She wants everyone of her age to move forward. And for them to have a say in politics and to make clear to them that they are important to us and to the world, but its impact has been a source of people’s concern since its fame began. I believe that the truth needs support and strength.

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  • British Council.jpg victorious_contribution | Rangpur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    04 Oct 2021

    I think Greta took a right approach, she did an act of brevity amongst all the falsehood in the world. No matter how daring or rude she might seem, I consider it true that the world needs more leaders and enthusiasts like her.
    I do not consider it wise and polite for a climate change activist or a world leader to state something like such. It shows their ignorance towards prevailing situations, which is not expected from people like them.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      victorious_contribution's comment 04 Oct 2021

      A succinct and direct response that puts a lot of opinion in a small amount of words, well done! What would you recommend Greta say next?

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      1. British Council.jpg victorious_contribution | Rangpur Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 05 Oct 2021

        Thank you very much Tom. Though I'm not in her shoes, I think her next initiative should be to rectify the promises and acts of climate activists who are not keeping their promised words, or do not seemed concerned enough as much as they should be. I also recommend her to invite and inspire young people of the world like her to stand up against climate change and be a part of her activities.

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  • British Council.jpg versatile_satsuma | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Oct 2021

    I do support Greta's opinion, but let's look at different aspects of why Greta does this:
    Greta is considered an activist in the field of climate change, she may have studied the issue of climate and became an expert in this field, and she may have thought of some necessary measures on this issue, but she did not find anyone to hear her voice and support it, and all this is due to the fact that her voice as an activist is not strong enough to be heard So she resorted to this method, which some may consider rude of her, but do not forget that later in the speech, she urged people not to lose hope, and said that we need change in an urgent and necessary way.

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  • British Council.jpg versatile_satsuma | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Oct 2021

    Regarding the announcement by some countries of ambitious goals to reduce their emissions to face climate change, for example, the UK pledged to reduce 78% of its emissions by 2035, and with this, we have a new way to set up a revolution against climate change.
    The United Kingdom is an economically advanced country, and if it has already succeeded in reducing its emissions by 78%, it will definitely see a big and cleardifference. Social media will thus encourage the rest of the countries to start their path in limiting the phenomenon of climate change, to be shed light on them.

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  • British Council.jpg successful_violin | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    09 Oct 2021

    To me, I think that Greta made a great approach in the face of the world leaders as even I think that promises, words, oaths, and so on do not matter if those are not implemented correctly. Some will just come to talk about that we are gonna do this that and etc. and raise hope in the mind of the people and those hoping people always wait for the leaders but the leaders never come forward and in case of political leaders they just give speeches to get votes and supports and in the meantime, nothing happens. So doing any climate-related works like COP 26 and so on will be a burden if not implemented by all people. Climate relates all of us so it's our duty to keep it existenceable.

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  • British Council.jpg free_river | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    11 Oct 2021

    i think we all believe that now a days chidrens are the most critical thinkers . the thing in case of Greta is she can understand the climate crisis very deeply and want to work for it . Matter of fact is her emotions were destroyed by the false condolence .So she came forward and speak the truth and this is the thing all chidrens have to do now a days.

    yes obviously it is not a good show in front of young generations to abandoned the climate conference . but we also have to consider that the world leader might need some time to cope with the situation .so it might be just for angerness but being a world leader we have to take all things positively.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School practical_swan | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    15 Oct 2021

    I feel that she really cares about our environment and will do anything to save.She also is very strong on her opinion.

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  • British Council.jpg neat_guitar | Rafah Prep (B) Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Oct 2021

    - Next November, we are waiting for you to provide us with appropriate solutions.
    Climate change phenomenon: The phenomenon of widespread spread in space, and causes the spread of space in the atmosphere, and is expected to cause a change in space. And changing flower opening dates, severe weather events.
    Every phenomenon has causes, so what are the causes of climate change?
    Man is the main cause of climate change, as human activities that are harmful to the environment affect the climate, such as burning fuels, cooling processes, production processes, industrial and chemical processes, and cutting trees. Climate change can also be caused by natural factors beyond human control such as biological processes, livestock waste, volcanic eruptions, and material on the sea floor.
    In November, facing a problem in the Middle East
    They must make ambitious decisions in reducing greenhouse gases.
    And work to completely eliminate
    Put an end to charcoal use.
    Stop cutting trees.
    to electric vehicles.
    Investing in renewable energy
    Based on making decisions about making decisions abroad.
    In my opinion, this meeting will be a great turning point and we will reap fruits from this meeting based on the decisions of world leaders, but we have to start with ourselves, as each of us has a role in facing climate change.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg storytelling_king | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    20 Oct 2021

    I think the Australian MP was offensive because Climate Change is a vital topic and I am extremely worried for the future of Australia because having that kind of people in charge is not a good thing. Also, many climate activists have been waiting for this moment for two years and to some people it is there favorite time of the year so to call it a burden is really rude. It is not fair if half the population are trying to save the future of the environment and others are not because they are not worthy of our cleaner, fresher future.

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  • British Council.jpg adept_fact | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    It may look rude but I think this type of approach is necessary for the ignorance of world leaders. Mocking such people in public requires courage that general people can't come up with. But I believe that this type of approach is required when those leaders are showing excuses and intentionally ignoring these climate change issues as a child's fantasy. I agree that a world leader has other areas of involvement but that doesn't mean they should just pass over this matter as it would affect the future of the all countries

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  • British Council.jpg frank_jackfruit | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Oct 2021

    I think Greta took a right approach, she did an act of brevity amongst all the falsehood in the world. No matter how daring or rude she might seem, I consider it true that the world needs more leaders and enthusiasts like her.
    I do not consider it wise and polite for a climate change activist or a world leader to state something like such. It shows their ignorance towards prevailing situations, which is not expected from people like them.

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