Climate, migration and Democratic crises

Climate, migration and Democratic crises

By The New Statesman

World leaders from over 100 countries have descended on Glasgow for the climate summit. Cop26 is billed by host Boris Johnson as the ‘last chance’ to limit global warming to 1.5C.


Are headline-grabbing pledges to reduce methane emissions and end deforestation realistic? Emily Tamkin in Washington and Ido Vock in Berlin are joined by New Statesman environment and sustainability editor Philippa Nuttall and executive politics editor Tim Ross directly from Cop26.


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


Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks what the 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 Prickett on how far Modi will go in ending fossil fuels

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