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22 October 2021

Cop26: EU climate chief Frans Timmermans warns of the costs of inaction

The European Commission vice-president speaks to World Review’s Megan Gibson ahead of the climate summit.

With the Cop26 climate summit less than two weeks away, Megan Gibson met the European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans in London to discuss leading the European Green Deal, the role of the private sector and the need for a just transition. He warns that ambitious climate targets are not enough, and leaders need to prove that they can deliver.

Emily Tamkin joins the podcast from Washington, DC for a conversation on Timmermans’s effective diplomacy, as well as the feasibility of the climate promises in the UK and around the world.

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Further reading

Megan’s interview with Timmermans.
Patrick Mulholland on how economic recovery is trumping climate action in Latin America.
Philippa Nuttall on China increasing coal production.
Murray Griffin on Australia’s climate ambitions.

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