The Energy Charter Treaty has been labelled “the biggest threat” to the Paris Agreement. Dr Tom Pettinger of PAIS explains why, in his view, the UK should withdraw from the ECT and seek a less destructive multilateral energy competition agreement based around a green energy transition.
The USA is planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, due to concerns over human rights violations in China. Professor Shaun Breslin, a leading expert on Chinese politics from the Department of Politics and International Studies, offers his view.
University of Warwick climate and politics researchers comment on the draft COP26 agreement.
Discussion at COP26 today focuses on Adaptation, Loss and Damage. Dr Celine Tan of Warwick Law, and Professor Keith Hyams and Dr Morten Fibieger Byskov of PAIS comment on how adaptation cannot be separated from larger development goals, and also comment on the announcement of a £300m adaptation fund.
Dr Morten Byskov and Professor Keith Hyams of PAIS welcome the International Development Committee report's recognition of the importance of promoting fair and equitable access to climate adaptation and the need to integrate the knowledge of vulnerable communities, and highlight areas where stronger recommendations would be useful.