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4 November 2021

Climate, migration and democratic crises

The Cop26 climate summit begins and a humanitarian crisis unfolds on the EU’s eastern border.

World leaders from more than 100 countries have descended on Glasgow for Cop26 – billed Boris Johnson as the “last chance” to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Are headline-grabbing pledges to reduce methane emissions and end deforestation realistic? Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined by the New Statesman‘s environment and sustainability editor Philippa Nuttall and executive politics editor Tim Ross directly from the Glasgow summit.

Meanwhile, Belarus’s dictator Alexander Lukashenko stands accused of orchestrating illegal migration into Poland, precipitating a humanitarian crisis on the EU’s eastern border. Ido Vock discusses his dispatch from the Polish border on the unforgiving conditions facing migrants as winter sets in.

Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks what the US’s Virginia governor’s race means for Joe Biden.

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Further reading

Ido Vock at Poland’s border, where migrants freeze as Belarus pursues its “cold war” with the EU.

Emily Tamkin on what a Republican win in Virginia means for Joe Biden.

Tim Ross on Britannia Chained: why the legacy of Brexit threatens Boris Johnson’s Global Britain.

Philippa Nuttall on whether we can trust world leaders’ pledges to end deforestation?

Lyndee Prickitt on how far Narendra Modi will go to end the use of fossil fuels.

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