Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Podcasts
  2. World Review
15 October 2021

Can Cop26 achieve anything?

The UN’s climate change conference, Cop26, takes place next month against a backdrop of global uncertainty and concerns about how successful it will be.

As the world looks ahead to November’s Cop26 in Glasgow against the backdrop of a global pandemic, what will it take for the summit to be declared a success?

Jeremy Cliffe and Megan Gibson are joined by New Statesman environment and sustainability editor Philippa Nuttall – all in London – to discuss the conference, the need for a just transition that includes the Global South, and whether big players like Russia and China will engage with the process.

Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question about how Cop26 will take into account the other UN environmental summit, Cop15 on biodiversity.

If you have a question for You Ask Us, email

Further reading

Philippa Nuttall on Why we shouldn’t panic – just yet – about China increasing coal production.
The New Statesman Emissions Tracker.
Nick Ferris and Michael Goodier on efforts to stem biodiversity loss.

How to listen to the World Review podcast

1. In your browser

You can use the player above to listen in your browser right now. The World Review podcast publishes weekly on Fridays. All episodes are published to on the day of release.

2. In a podcast app

The World Review podcast is available on all major podcast apps, including Apple PodcastsSpotifyAcastGoogle Podcasts and more. Search “World Review podcast” in your favourite podcast app, and subscribe or follow to make sure you receive episodes as soon as they publish. While you’re there, please leave a review for the podcast – it helps others find the show, which in turn makes it possible for us to keep making it.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. A weekly round-up of The New Statesman's climate, environment and sustainability content. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A weekly dig into the New Statesman’s archive of over 100 years of stellar and influential journalism, sent each Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

3. On your smart speaker

If you have an Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple HomePod smart speaker, ask it to “play the latest episode of the World Review podcast”. The same command also works with virtual assistants on mobile devices.