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G-20, COP26, and the Long Road to a Global Climate Deal

A Guide to G-20 Leaders and Why a Climate Deal Is So Hard

With so many key players not showing up, this opening act to COP26 is struggling to make a dent.

The Group of 20 came into its own during the 2008 financial crisis in order to avoid a global depression. It was a turning point that made clear that big decisions could no longer be taken without the fastest growing economies.

Fast forward to now, and the leaders of the nations that account for 75% of global carbon emissions are again being called to arms to avert another catastrophe — a climate one. The G-20 is meeting in Rome this weekend right before COP26 in Glasgow, the United Nations gathering that aims to set specific goals to wean nations off coal and other noxious substances for good.