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Much coverage since the Glasgow Climate Pact was sealed has revolved around the last-minute concession to India on the language used with regard to coal. But our analysis today suggests that the die is now cast for this fossil fuel at least.

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All 197 countries represented at COP26 signed the pact. Robert Perry/EPA

COP26: experts react to the UN climate summit and Glasgow Pact

Christina E. Hoicka, University of Victoria; Daniel Sperling, University of California, Davis; Ian Lowe, Griffith University; Kate Dooley, The University of Melbourne; Kyla Tienhaara, Queen's University, Ontario; Mark Maslin, UCL; Piers Forster, University of Leeds; Ran Boydell, Heriot-Watt University; Simon Lewis, UCL

Has the summit delivered on its goals?

John Kerry and other delegate in discussions on the final day of COP26. Rober Perry/EPA

Five things you need to know about the Glasgow Climate Pact

Simon Lewis, UCL; Mark Maslin, UCL

COP26 saw incremental progress but not the breakthrough moment needed.


Are you kidding, India? Your last-minute Glasgow intervention won’t relieve pressure to ditch coal

Bill Hare, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Rather than slow the decline in coal use, India’s actions at COP26 ensure it and other polluting nations will be under even greater scrutiny.

It’s been 10 years since Chief Keef became an internet famous rapper with the song ‘Bang.’ Johnny Nunez/WireImage via Getty Images

Chief Keef changed the music industry – and it’s time he gets the credit he deserves

Jabari Evans, University of South Carolina

The police, the media and politicians have long objected Chief Keef’s ties to gang violence. But the rapper wrote the playbook for using social media to make a career out of music.


You love amagwinya/puff puff/bofrot? Here’s a healthier version of Africa’s favourite snack

Oluwatoyin Onipe, University of Venda; Afam I. O. Jideani, University of Venda

“Fat cakes” are incredibly popular in cities and townships across sub-Saharan Africa. But they are also unhealthy because of their high carbohydrate content.

Palm cockatoo breeding pair at the nesting hollow. Female on left, male on the right. Christina N. Zdenek

The ‘Ringo Starr’ of birds is now endangered – here’s how we can still save our drum-playing palm cockatoos

Christina N. Zdenek, The University of Queensland; Rob Heinsohn, Australian National University

Australia’s largest parrot has just been listed as an endangered species. Here’s why they’re in trouble – but it’s not too late to save them.