COP26 Postponed

From The UNFCC

The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19.

This decision has been taken by the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), with the UK and its Italian partners.

Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties.

In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible.

Rescheduling will ensure all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference and allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place. We will continue to work with all involved to increase climate ambition, build resilience and lower emissions.

COP26 President-Designate and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma said:

“The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.

“We will continue working tirelessly with our partners to deliver the ambition needed to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to agreeing a new date for the conference.”

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said:

“COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.

“Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.

“In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement.”

Full article here.

131 thoughts on “COP26 Postponed

    • There are sufficient predictions and data to compare already and the failures have had no effect in curbing the ambitions of the world-savers.

      It is more important to them to remain at the forefront of saving the world, regardless of the arguments (and data) showing the idiocy of their efforts.

      If they really wanted to save lives, there would be more effort to build fossil-fuelled power plants in those countries that have high mortality rates due to little to no access to electricity.

      Hypocrites, all.

      • That and proscribing human sacrificial rites guaranteed by their religon that produces nearly one million planned excess deaths in America alone. #WickedSolution

      • Or even nuclear power stations.

        We don’t hammer at this enough in my opinion. If they really really REALLY believed what they claim about the evil CO2 then nuclear would be at the top of their list. It isn’t because the only reason for persistently demonising CO2 is because that is the one by-product common to the three basic drivers of modern civilisation, oil, coal and gas.

        They are not interested in effective replacements for fossil fuels; they want a society that no longer reaps the benefits which only fossil fuels — or nuclear fission for electricity generation — can provide.

        • Newminster most sensible Australians would agree with you. The powers that be mandated against it many years ago.

          There are those (mainly the narrow thinking leftists) that think there’s a one size fits all rule in regard to energy. For various reasons Australias options are limited. Having said that, nuclear power would be perfect for Australia.

          • Megs dunno if it was a repeat but ABC sometime early hrs thurs morning had christina figueres on Big Ideas? maybe
            shes almost as good as naomi for the string of halfbaked untruths she can manage in a paragraph/sentence.
            she thinks the batteries in SA are providing way more power than they possibly do
            and we should be exporting hydrogen and ?? whatever it was its a petrochem byproduct hardly green

          • Oz, I don’t know why our ‘leaders’ think we need to ‘keep up with the Jones’s’, even if it doesn’t work for our country, and we can’t afford it. Extreme virtue signalling is the likely answer. Idiots. I’ve said here before, they need to grow some!

        • Newminster: Some months ago, when XR were just emerging, BBC Radio 4 interviewed one of their ‘leaders’. She was asked, if there was a magic wand that could cause all the problems believed to be caused by CO2 to disappear, would the interviewee want it waved?
          “NO!” She said!

          • There was a similar tale a few years ago though the details are a bit foggy. Somebody (Lomborg?) asked for a show of hands at a meeting on that question: if I could wave a magic wand and life could carry on without any of the changes, etc.,etc., and about three hands went up out of a couple of hundred.

            I’ll see if I can find a link.

    • Wait until they find out that the Covid-19 tests do not even select for that virus and actually just identify the presence of coronaviruses (covi’s) in general. The test has never been vetted and all the other cobbled up tests are also unverified— how can a hospital design such tests out of thin air in a matter of days—it’s simply no possible. So, we are giving tests that really do not indicate anything and pretending that they identify a specific culprit virus. This is a huge joke.

      The CDC said that there were really only 20 confirmed flu deaths in the US last year. That means most of the deaths had to be covi-based deaths in which the covi’s precipitated a death or set the person up for lung infections that then took them. Covi’s themselves seem to be largely just a factor and not lethal by themselves.

      However, the fact remains that covi’s are part of the flu season and we have been dealing with this for decades. It is amazing that a crappy unproven test can be used and abused as if it was a real diagnostic tool. At best, it tells one that they have Covid-19, but it does not finger the virus causing the illness because a person could have a number of viruses at the same time and most of them are probably covi.

      Also, not only does testing positive for the C-19 test mean nothing, they like to call all positives “cases.” In the real world, cases are people who are sick and need medical care. Simply testing positive does not make you a “case.” However, they do this to inflate the numbers. They have even been known to test corpses of accident victims in Italy.

      Also, as C-19 appears to be quite infectious, the trend is that it’s virulence reciprocal and thus low, evidenced, possibly, by only the health-compromised being taken, having already critical conditions. General conclusions are that C-19 is 1/10th to 100/th the virulence of general flu season mortality rates.

      CBS was recently caught using video from a very busy Italian emergency facility to show hospitals in NYC being overwhelmed. Italy’s healthcare system is lousy and they have 1/6th the beds per 100k people than we do. They have the second oldest population in the world, lots of smokers, and a very social (touchy-feely) population. The icing on the cake is the Milan-Wuhan economic connection in which 300,000 Chinese have moved to the Milan area in the last decade and there are three flights a day between the cities. Is it any surprise that Milan go hit hard by the flu season.

      Stepping back a bit, if there was no Covid-19 test and the flu season progressed as it does every year, would we have noticed it? No. This is actually a relatively low flu season deathwise.

      The hypocrisy is that, if we are going to panic over one virus of a salad, many undescribed, of viruses that comprise the flu season, why do we not do this every year?

      Going forward, we have two choices.

      We can work like crazy to identify every single virus in the salad, pretending we can create treatments or vaccines against every one. Or we can realize that the flu season is a scourge that we cannot prevent without Draconian measures. We can effectively fight this group of viruses by realizing that they all transmit the same way and, thus, we can use proper hygienic practices and social distancing (can we come up with a less stupid term here, please?), suitable protections for our elderly and immunocompromised, and some mature perspective that it is very important to carry on the processes of living. Life has to go forward and canceling the industry and work that keeps our world going is the worst thing we can do. Driving a bear away from your house by burning the house down is a Pyrrhic victory.

      In a simple analogy, this year someone identified a tree species (C-19) in the forest and now everybody is super-focused on the well-being of the species and ignoring all of the other species (flu season).
      Or, worrying about a single burning match (C-19) while the house (flu season) is burning down.

      • “if there was no Covid-19 test and the flu season progressed as it does every year, would we have noticed it? No. This is actually a relatively low flu season deathwise.”,

        Demonstrably incorrect. Woefully incorrect. It is a good thing you are not in a position of public health service.

    • Rumour says she has planned to rent a real hand-made wooden boat from the Viking Museum in Oslo, for the trip to Scotland. No nasty modern materials or equipment, just the square sail and steering oar.

      • Greta is this middle aged Swedish guy who goes around online using the picture of some teenage girl as his avatar.

        He’s against education, or something, and gets really upset about having dreams stolen. Dunno, maybe he has trouble sleeping or something?

  1. **UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said:

    “COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.**

    Wow! I am impressed. They still have an imagination after Covid.

    • Excuse me, but was not the COP 26 urgently important in order to solve the remaining obstructions in the path of the Paris Agreement? There was absolutely no time to lose? So why can’t they plan a video conference, with just one or two from each nation? Or is the “urgency” the lust for UN-paid access to the fleshpots of Glasgow?

      • Funny, isn’t it, how we were all going to die in twelve years if we didn’t DO SOMETHING RIGHT NOW! … and yet a virus that kills a tiny percentage of the population is enough to stop them doing it?

        • Seems to me the radical greens have achieved their goal; cratering of the world economy.
          Let’s see how turning everything everywhere into Venezuela works out for Gaia . . .

      • Forgive my hysteria!! Fleshpots?? Glasgow?? As they say in that part of the world, “Ye’re jokin’, son, are ye no’?”

        I can’t think of anywhere better to hold a climate conference personally. Glasgow in late autumn. The Gore Effect is almost guaranteed.

        • Newminister,
          yes indeed Glasgee anytime of year is problematical.

          BTW can anyone tell me why Italy gets a mention? We in Britain are nearly stoney broke and the Italians certainly are, by 2021 no one in Europe will have two sovereigns to rub together.
          Maybe Mr Soreass or Little Mikey Bloomberg or the other clown Tom Steyne (?) will dip into their piggy bank to finance it.

    • “COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.”

      …so CC is not such a big threat after all, since it can wait until next year.

  2. We can all believe in modern fairy tales. “…that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.”

  3. The cost of this conference, particularly the policing costs, has been rather a controversial subject in Scotland so I strongly suspect that whatever their public pronouncements a lot of Scottish politicians will be rather relieved at this decision.

  4. “that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.”

    At this stage, the planet shows no indication of dipping down out of the current slightly warm period.

    Certainly not into the next major ice age.

    So that statement is a load of scientifically-unsupportable garbage.

  5. A fake crisis cancelled due to a real crisis. Hey Gore, DiCaprio, McKibben, Mann, Gleik, as well as the rest of you indulgent bums. Karma is a bitch! Ain’t it!

    • Exactly.

      “Tackle the climate crisis”, eh?

      Where’s the duct tape when you need it most?

    • The Honorable Albert Gore, former Vice president of the United States, was interviewed on CNN last night, talking about the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazing how quickly he became an expert on the subject.

  6. People say: why not do it online? Answer: the whole point of these COPs is the numbers. 20,000, 30,000 delegates…… all paid for by the taxpayer. Imagine if delegates had to pay their own conference fees – there’d be about 200 people there. TV can’t report an online conference.

    • “TV can’t report an online conference.”

      Sure they can; they have no problem reporting Joe Biden’s COVID-19 video conferences.

    • Andrew “Imagine if delegates had to pay their own conference fees”

      I think that should be mandatory, and while they’re at it, they should not be allowed to use any product that requires the use of fossil fuels in its manufacture!

      That would see large numbers drop out of warmist activism.

    • And those 200 attendees would have run a ‘GoFundMe’ appeal to raise their travel & accom costs.

  7. If there really is a Climate Emergency, postponing COP26 makes no sense at all. Instead, it should be held on the scheduled date as a video conference. Think of all of the CO2 emissions that would be saved since no travel would be required to attend the conference. They could also require that all video conferencing equipment be run off of Renewable Energy saving even more CO2 emissions.

  8. Let them hold COP26 after COP27.

    The news come from the UNFCCC website. It is dated today, so I find it difficult to take it seriously, especially when it quotes the UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa :

    “COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term.

    “Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better.

    This from an organization, which openly attempts to destroy all modern economies. Or maybe they have Fools Days year round?

    • Yes, but it has to be THEY which destroy it once they have total control. If we destroy is ourselves by stupid clamp downs, that will not leave them in charge. That’s not fun at all.

    • COP26 can be rescheduled when our economies recover from the covid effects.

      That might be a decade, if we can get the world economy restarted and build up to where we were.

      And someone (EU? UN?) must help countries that fail. Spain, Italy, Greece, and France were in trouble before their economies were shutdown and they lost all of the tourist dollars. There will be no EU money left to spend on anything and EU countries full of unhappy citizens.

      I would assume the UN knows that the virus is spreading uncontrollably in India, Pakistan, Africa, and so on. That is going to be a UN priority.

      I find it difficult to imagine another COP as this covid paradigm change plays out.

  9. That’s a shame. I live 35 miles from the COP26 venue and was hoping to go and drown my sorrows at Lauder’s, now reopened after the fire (not caused by climate change).

    Reality sucks.

  10. Coronavirus was created by the UN specifically for this reason.

    Seriously, have any of you visited Glasgow?

    (And yes, I lived and worked there for many years).

    • Although some of my ancestors were supposedly from the area, I think I’ll skip it.

      I didn’t realize that their skyline is also “graced” by what I call an armadillo building. Too many places over here are, too.

      (Sydney seems to be the only place that took that general design and made it beautiful.)

    • One of our boys married a Glaswegian girl. they had the wedding photos in a ruined castle with the March snow falling onto the bride’s bare shoulders in her wedding dress, whilst a kilted piper played in the background . They bred them tough up in Glasgow I thought as I (softy sassenach ) shivered uncontrollably in my hired suit.

    • I’ve always wondered why they chose Glasgow. Average November temperatures: max 9°; min 5°. Rain 16 days on average. Sunrise ~0815; sunset ~1600.

      And the nightlife may have “improved” since my day but I doubt that it has got that much better. The biggest losers, if reports from other COPs is anything to go by, will be Europe’s hookers. When it was held in Poland there were at least two organised charter flights from Moscow. Allegedly. Good to see the world’s taxes put to good use!

  11. 1 Apr: Breitbart: Scientists: Petrol Pumps Should Carry Cigarette-Style Climate Change Warning Labels
    by Victoria Friedman
    In a blog post (LINK) for the British Medical Journal (BMJ), British, American, and Indian professionals from within healthcare and environmental studies have claimed that petrol pumps, airline tickets, and even energy bills should come with “warning labels” which “state clearly that continuing to burn fossil fuels worsens the climate emergency”…
    Labelling, either displaying the effects on health or on the environment, is needed to “sensitise people to the consequences of their actions” and to change the minds of climate-sceptics, they write…

    The labelling cannot — the group of scientists, doctors, and psychologists argue — be applied equally to all countries, but must be “culturally tailored”, for example, to make allowances for the third-world’s heavy dependence of fossils fuels, with the authors declaring that “the initial focus should be on high-income nations”…
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/04/01/petrol-pumps-health-warnings-like-cigarette-packages-claim-doctors/

    • Does that label work?

      “Use of oil emits CO2 which causes warmer, more humid climate which might in turn prevent efficient transmission of Covid-19, sabotaging our attempt at suppressing all freedoms and nationalizing everything”

    • It’s quite simple really. Just slap warning labels on everything.

      If black treacle already carries a sell-by date, nut bars already state ‘may contain nuts’ and polythene bags warn us of suffocation if we put them over our heads, then let’s just go the whole hog. Big warning signs are needed.

      Jars of chilli powder: Do not pour contents into your eyes.
      Cars: This vehicle may cause fatalities.
      Kitchen Knives: May contain sharp edges.
      Beer: Warning – the fizzy bubbles in this product may cause Armageddon.

      Any more from anyone out there?

  12. We had a story a while ago about folks realizing that reusable grocery bags are unhygienic. It may be a small step but it could be part of a dawning realization that the demands of the greenies are actually harmful to society.

    I googled on cop25 failure. There were lots of hits from all kinds of organizations, not just skeptical websites. So, it seems that cop25 is widely acknowledged to be a failure.

    I’m guessing that when cop26 is reconvened, it too will be a failure. When the rubber hits the road, CAGW and its supposed remedies should become harder and harder to sell, all the more so because of the shameless behavior of the CAGW alarmists. Most people should be appalled by their attempt to couple CAGW and coronavirus.

    • A Green blight on the environment and ecosystems, and a pandemic renewed, recycled in every bag.

    • Australia now has several airline baggage handlers who have the virus from overseas passenger luggage (presumably).

      After several years (in South Australia) of having to supply our own reusable bags for shopping, we are now told that they, too, are banned so as to not pass on the virus to the staff.

      Similar to buttering a cat’s back and dropping it, we do not know which way to turn.

    • whenever one of these COPs fail, it’s a win for humanity in general. The real failure would be when one of them actually “succeeds”.

  13. Wow. The first 25 were so essential to our survival that its hard to imagine a world with out these COPs. Maybe they can combine with WEF Davos and the UN General Assembly meetings. History’s biggest gathering of useless Dbags accomplished.

  14. Back in late January I commented to a post by Eric.

    | R.S. Brown

    | January 28, 2020 at 2:14 am

    | Glasgow COP26 may not be all that effective given the 2019-nCoV virus will still
    | be in circulation.

    | Half the Asian participants will be wearing face masks… if they can find transport
    | to get them there.

    | Greta would look weird in a face mask.
    – – –

    I’m a believer in the sentiment attributed to Ambrose Bierce:
    “Sight is a faculty, seeing is an art.”

    I’m not the only one here in Ohio that saw it coming:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52113186

  15. Ironic. The [catastrophic] [anthropogenic] climate cooling… warming… change conference is postponed until the climate changes, specifically cools. I guess they don’t believe people will take them seriously. Even less than usual. People aren’t that green, which will force environmentalists and corporate profits to look for an alternative green pot.

  16. No need for any more COPs – a virus has delivered all that “climate change” doctrine was seeking.

  17. Holding a virtual conference would have been fatal to their pretense that they have to fly around the world to meet.

    • Having a video conference call en masse would defeat the real purpose of COP gatherings for the participants… the boondoggle to exotic locales on OPM.

  18. “In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition”

    What explains the weird fascination of UN bureaucrats with the word “ambition”? And what of all that scary climate research in the buildup to Glasgow to build up the motivation for climate ambition? As in OMG Antarctica is melting faster than ever & OMG Greenland is melting faster than ever & OMG there’s going to be sea level rise OMG!

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/03/31/imbie/

  19. “…and a chance to shape the 21st century economy….” They’re not even being subtle anymore about their real intentions. You’d think the world would pick this up by now.

  20. Or is that they couldn’t secure enough bizjets and blue-chip airliners to haul NGO gurus, celebrities and officials as coronavirus effects keep the VIP aviation sector in soaring demand ?

  21. The only people who will notice are the attendees.

    Wait… very large shrimp, which were destined for the copious amount of shrimp cocktail they serve at those gabfests, are probably cheering loudly at the news right about now. And I suppose the hookers have the sadz.

  22. Someone realised that the climate of Glasgow in November is not what they atre used to. No lazing in the sun drinking fruit juice cocktails whilst watching the working girls parade past in bikinis.

  23. Consider this parallel:
    In the US (at least) retailers who depended on mail orders continued to distribute huge printed catalogs (Sears, JC Penny et al) seemingly unaware that the world wide web had made that sales channel technically and economically obsolete.

    It took 911 and the anthrax scare to “temporarily” halt distribution of those massive catalogs. When the scare passed, distribution was not resumed on the same scale, because their relative uselessness and inefficiency was realized.

    Can we hope similar realizations once we come out of this crisis? Will this put telecommunication in its rightful place?
    – Do all participants in an IPCC conference need to arrive in their personal jets and limousines?
    – Does every academic who wants to hear a presentation have to be awarded travel, food and lodging to exotic sites?
    – Can’t the presenter use the interactive multimedia capabilities of his University to originate his lecture?
    – Can we make a college education much more affordable by using the “distance learning” techniques honed over the next several months?

    • George Daddis: “Can we hope similar realizations [ref. remote conferencing] once we come out of this crisis?

      Are you out of your mind George?!?

      What pluted bloatocrat would ever consider giving up private or 1st class jet travel, 5 star meals, and hookers?

      If they ever solved the problem, the party would be over.

      See you at COP 37, George ;o)

    • If I look at what companies are doing, especially the one I work for, here in Australia in the wake of COVID-19, working from home, telecommuting and teleconferencing will become the new normal for pretty much most forms of work.

      • Not all companies are the same. There’s a big difference between publicizing autonomous drones and and facing real situations in real aircraft.

  24. This is a real tragedy. So many frequent flyer point not earned, cocktails not sipped and dinners not had. So many grant and job smoozing opportunities missed. Then without an assertive communique at the end of COP26 telling us time is running short, we will have surely moved doomsday that few months or maybe even a year . Stand by for even more draconian measures needed to make up for this lost time. Its worse than we thought.

  25. Charles Higley, you are my hero. You have written the most rational and humane and well-informed article on
    COVID-19 that I have read so far. Well done and thank you.

  26. Many Givernments have hammered their tax revenue while as the same time increasing their expenditure due to C19. They won’t be able to afford luxury items like COP conferences while trying to shake yet more revenue from the tax payer to make up the shortfall. In that context the UN is not going to close its funding deficit this year either any extra budget will be going to the WHO part of the UN. Financial reality dictates their actions, C19 is just the cover story allowing them to exit without losing face.

    https://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Obit-climate-change-2.png

  27. That stops 30,000+ nutters all trying to arrive in the UK by sailing boat until next year, when all the yurts can be prepared for their accommodation.

  28. Oh dear, how disappointing. Cop 26 in Glasgow in November, who would want to miss that?
    Maybe some spoilsport informed the Climate Alarmist Jet Set that Scotland is not the warmest place on Earth and Glasgow is not the warmest City in Scotland and November is not the warmest month in the year.
    All a bit challenging if you are a Man Made Global Warmist, and very difficult to come to terms with.
    How about they reschedule it for February 1st in Glasgow, so much lighter than November, especially if there is snow on the ground.
    The Proclaimers sum up the prime ambition of those living in Glasgow, they seem to dream of walking 500 miles, and it is always south!

  29. ”… in partnership with Italy…”
    I can’t wait to hear the Italians tell everyone that the greatest threat humanity faces in the future is Climate change.

    Eamon.

  30. Funny, how the greatest simulation of the Green New Deal” is now ongoing and they can’t seem to embrace Skype or Zoom for their sessions.

  31. COVID, hell! More likely they just realized some nincompoop scheduled the event for Scotland in November.

  32. Climate Change is the greatest threat to mankind. How dare they postpone, how dare they destroy the young peoples’ futures because of their selfish fight against Covid-19? PS sarcasm if you didn’t realise.

  33. This is such a shame. Might I suggest a different venue and perhaps a brief lifting of travel restrictions so everybody important to this meeting can arrive on time. It seems the ideal location is Antarctica. There will be no CoVID there at present due to limited population. Global warming will certainly make the place cozy and warm by fall, and these are the folks who can happily get by without reliable energy systems, organized agriculture or any of the modern conveniences the rest of us depend on. Hell, throw in a few cases of champagne and we’ve got a conference. Let’s leave the decision about whether to lift travel restrictions at the end of the conference till later once we see what they come up with.

  34. Shame for the hookers of Glasgow – I bet they were counting on COP26 to pay for all their Christmas presents….

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