COP26 was described as the 'last best chance' to save the planet. It probably hasn't delivered on that. Countries' climate plans still don't add up enough to meet the Paris Agreement; the final text does not sufficiently address the financial needs of the most vulnerable countries. That said, COP26 was far from pointless
The President of the COP26 summit, Alok Sharma
More countries than ever commit to net-zero but short-term plans remain vague and inadequate
33 new countries, including Brazil, Argentina and most notably India, announced net-zero targets at COP26. That brings the overall share of emissions covered by net-zero targets to around 90% of global emissions. India weighs in most, although its net-zero target applies for 2070, while other major countries aim for 2050 or 2060.
Thanks to the positive momentum of new announcements – notably on methane, deforestation and net-zero targets – updated analyses now show that in a best-case scenario, if all announcements are met in full and on time, they could hold global warming to 1.8°C by the end of the century. Still above the 1.5°C target, but a great improvement from the 2.7°C increase at the start of the meeting.