If you ask in Glasgow right now how the U.N. climate summit is going, you could get whiplash listening to the answers.

Negotiators are making progress, but they’re anxious and behind schedule as government ministers arrive. Business and finance leaders are elated about their new pledges to cut their emissions to net-zero by 2050 – and facing accusations of greenwashing. Island nations are increasingly frustrated by unfilled promises of help as the dangers rise.

On the streets, meanwhile, youth activists are angry. “It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg declared.

Rachel Kyte, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a former U.N. senior official, offers the view from inside COP26 today, both the progress and the steep challenges ahead. Coalitions are making promises to reduce methane emissions, end coal use, cut support for fossil fuel projects overseas and stop deforestation, among other steps.

Other scholars are diving deeper into fundamental problems, including the injustices of climate change, what science shows and what’s happening to places like North America’s glaciers as climate change worsens. Read on for more and visit our page dedicated to COP26 coverage.

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Stacy Morford

Environment + Climate Editor

Countries facing existential risks from climate change, like the Maldives, are demanding faster action and financing to help them survive. UNFCCC

The view from inside the Glasgow climate summit: A focus on faster policy changes as talks intensify – amid grandstanding and anger outside

Rachel Kyte, Tufts University

The press releases sound promising, but the negotiations have a long way to go. Here’s what’s ahead at the midpoint of the COP26 climate talks.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry spoke at the announcement of the Global Methane Pledge. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The new Global Methane Pledge can buy time while the world drastically reduces fossil fuel use

Jeff Nesbit, Yale University

Of the big pledges so far at the UN climate conference, cutting methane could have the most immediate impact.

African countries have faced dangerous droughts, storms and heat waves while contributing little to climate change. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Climate change is a justice issue – these 6 charts show why

Sonja Klinsky, Arizona State University

Climate justice is about both where emissions come from and who suffers the consequences.

A map of the world with each country color-coded according to carbon dioxide emissions.