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28 October 2021

From Covid to the climate: who pays the price for government inaction?

Leaders gather for the Cop26 climate summit while Covid cases soar in southeastern Europe

This Sunday the UN climate summit COP26 begins. World leaders will meet in Glasgow to try to agree new ways to solve the climate crisis. They must arrive ready to turn ambitious slogans into action, but who will deliver and who will pay the costs if they don’t?

Emily Tamkin in Washington and Alix Kroeger in London are joined by Philippa Nuttall in Brussels to discuss whether Cop26 will achieve the outcomes that the world needs.

Against the backdrop of surging Covid cases in south-eastern Europe, they examine the relationship between vaccine scepticism and authoritarianism.

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Further reading

Philippa Nuttall on the price of the planet: who will step up at Cop26?

Ido Vock on whether Belarus is using migrants to wage “hybrid warfare” on the EU

 India Bourke on if China’s climate envoy can make a difference at Cop26

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