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Rescheduled COP26 is 14 months away—time for the UK to show it’s serious

Climate change is still the greatest threat we face. Ahead of the summit Britain must demonstrate real leadership

By Tom Sasse  

Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

It is 14 months since Boris Johnson became prime minister and promised that the UK would “lead the world” in cutting its emissions to net zero by 2050—a target adopted just a month before by his departing predecessor, Theresa May. In just over 14 months’ time, world leaders will begin to arrive in Glasgow for the rescheduled COP26 conference—the biggest set piece in climate diplomacy in over half a decade.

When Johnson picked up the UK’s bid to take on the tricky and all-important…

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