The UN climate summit in Glasgow is less than a month away. To help you understand what’s at stake and what might be achieved in this global meeting to address the climate crisis, The Conversation has launched Climate fight: the world’s biggest negotiation on the Anthill podcast. In each weekly episode, you’ll hear from the academic experts whose work is helping craft climate policy, and what the outcome of the negotiations will mean for people around the world.

In the first episode, we dive into the fractious debate around climate finance – the money that rich countries have promised the poorest parts of the world to help them cope with mounting droughts, floods and storms. We hear how this money is spent, why it can often backfire, and how some communities are losing faith in the UN negotiations and taking matters into their own hands.

You can keep up to speed with academic insight on COP26 from around our global network here. And don’t forget to subscribe to our Imagine newsletter, in which I’ll be sharing expert analysis of climate solutions and the biggest factors influencing a successful outcome at the summit.

Meanwhile, UK prime minister Boris Johnson delivered his keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday, and according to Matthew Flinders, it failed a key test. Plus, researchers have a rather odd recommendation for keeping fit that you might want to try: standing on one leg.

Jack Marley

Environment + Energy Editor

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COP26: billions are being spent tackling climate change – where is it all going? Climate Fight podcast part 1

Jack Marley, The Conversation

Listen to the first episode of a new series from The Anthill Podcast ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.


Boris Johnson fails the ‘showman-to-statesman’ test in party conference speech

Matthew Flinders, University of Sheffield

Billed as a speech from a leader making daring decisions to fix the nation, the prime minister’s conference appearance rapidly descended into jokes about beavers.

Standing on one leg regularly can improve your health, research shows. Storytimestudio/Shutterstock

Standing on one leg is a sign of good health – and practising is good for you too

Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University

Practising standing on one leg has also sorts of benefits, research shows

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