The World Climate Research Programme was actively engaged with the science events at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (26th Conference of the Parties (COP26)), including the following events:

  • A joint session was hosted by WCRP, IPCC, and Future Earth on Emerging climate risks and what will it take to limit global warming to 2.0°C (video). This session discussed the risks and consequences of breaching 1.5oC warming, and possible transformation pathways that can guide decision makers and stakeholders. Speakers: Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Panmao Zhai, Detlef Stammer, Johan Rockström, Peter Gluckman, Helen Cleugh, Gabi Hegerl, Regina Rodrigues, Bruce Hewitson, Greg Flato, Sabine Fuss.

Please see the Emerging climate risks and what will it take to limit global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius? statement that resulted from this event.

  • A Met Office COP26 science pavilion event on the Future of climate modelling (video). This session set out the needs for climate modelling in the context of the negotiations at COP26, particularly to inform actions that will need to be taken over the next decade to limit the global temperature rise to 2.0 degrees or below. 
  • Launch of the 10 New Insights in Climate Science (10NICS)
  • Launch of the Global Carbon Budget 2021 
  • Averting planetary peril: convening scientists and policymakers to tackle systemic climate risks (video) - New insights, tools, and imagery on risks, from systemic to specific, and explore engagement between scientists and policymakers to tackle climate change, extreme weather, environmental degradation, and socio-economic vulnerabilities.