19 Nov 2021

Fossil fuel companies in official country delegations at COP26

From Midday Report, 12:50 pm on 19 November 2021

A climate change governance researcher says delegates who were financially linked to fossil fuel interests or sent directly by companies were behind the scenes at COP26, influencing the talks.

The pledges that came out of COP26 fell short of keeping warming to 1.5 degrees celsius, the threshold which scientists urge we must not cross to avoid devastating climate outcomes.

Dr Natalie Jones is a researcher at the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. She outlines what happened.