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:

  • 2 November 2021: 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.

  • 3 November 2021: 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. See the pavilion webpage.
  • 4 November 2021: Launch of the 10 New Insights in Climate Science (10NICS)
  • 4 November 2021: Launch of the Global Carbon Budget 2021 
  • 10 November 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. ISC Webpage

Please also see the Transform 21 Portal, where WCRP worked with the International Science Council (ISC) to produce resources with scientists and change-makers to help inform the urgent transformations needed to achieve climate and biodiversity goals.