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The Countries That Could Spoil Global Climate Negotiations

As world leaders prepare for the important COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, some countries are resisting pressure to set stronger targets to cut pollution


Illustration by Kati Szilágyi

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More than 190 countries signed on the dotted line of the Paris Agreement in 2015, forming a new global consensus on the imperative to halt rising temperatures. The collective results since then haven’t been enough. Overall planet-warming emissions have gone up, turning COP26 into the prime venue for asking countries to do more. But some attendees stand out for their reluctance to do almost anything at all. This is a guide to the holdouts who arrive in Glasgow, Scotland, without significant plans to curb their enormous emissions.