COP26: EU climate chief Frans Timmermans warns of the costs of inaction


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With the COP26 climate summit less than two weeks away, Megan Gibson met the EU Commission vice president Frans Timmermans in London to discuss leading the European Green Deal, the role of the private sector, and the need for a just transition. Ultimately, he warns that ambitious climate targets are not enough, and leaders need to prove that they can deliver.

Emily Tamkin joins the podcast from Washington for a conversation on Timmermans’ effective diplomacy, as well as the feasibility of the climate promises in the UK and around the world.

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Further reading:

Megan Gibson’s interview with Frans Timmermans

Patrick Mulholland on how economic recovery is trumping climate action in Latin America

Philippa Nuttall on China increasing coal production

Murray Griffin on Australia’s climate ambitions

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