COP26 Special Issue: UN Climate Change Conference 2021

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994 which has 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU). The 2021 conference, hosted by the UK, together with our partners Italy, in Glasgow, will be the 26th meeting of the Parties, which is why it's called COP26.

United Nations climate change conferences are among the largest international meetings in the world. The negotiations between governments are complex and involve officials from every country in the world as well as representatives from civil society and the global news media.

To build momentum for this pivotal event, we're sharing a curated list of impactful book chapters and journal articles that will drive research and deliver meaningful ways to take positive environmental action.


General and Comparative Endocrinology, Volume 304, 1 April 2021

The clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) is a common model species in studies assessing the impact of climate changes on tropical coral fish physiology, metabolism, growth, and stress. However, the basic endocrine principles for the control of food intake and energy homeostasis, under normal and elevated sea temperatures, in this species remain unknown. In this work, we studied food intake and growth in clown anemonefish reared at different temperatures and with different food availability. We also analyzed expression of genes in the melanocortin system, which is believed to be involved in the control of appetite and feeding behavior.The melanocortin system aids in modifying food intake in response to climate change.

Energy for Sustainable Development, Volume 61, April 2021

Presents an analysis of the path towards a clean energy transition in rural areas.

Current Research in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 4, January 2021

Porous liquids can boost the use of membrane contactors for CO2-capture applications

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, Volume 519, 1 January 2021

Due to changing climate, birds experience new challenges for thermoregulation. The endocrine mechanisms that regulate mitochondrial function and plasticity of thermoregulation need to be unveiled. Plasticity may ameliorate climate change effects on thermoregulation to some extent.

Energy Policy, Volume 147, December 2020

Energy transition finance in Europe - mitigation pathways.

Energy Strategy Reviews, Volume 30, July 2020

Compares detailed national and sectoral deep decarbonization pathways (DDPs) to 2050 compatible with the Paris Agreement objectives and domestic development priorities in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

Journal of the Energy Institute, Volume 92, December 2019

Hydrogen is almost totally produced from fossil fuel coal, natural gas and crude oil, so there is increasing interest in producing hydrogen from alternative, sustainable sources such as biomass.

Energy Strategy Reviews, Volume 26, November 2019

Presents a tool for energy decision makers that strives to be a comprehensive, global index that tracks the performance of energy systems at the country level development priorities in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

Energy Research and Social Science, Volume 35, January 2018

We theorize connections between energy systems and democractic political power. Renewable energy opens opportunities for democratic energy development. Tensions for energy democracy concern governance, technologies and competing agendas. Attention is needed regarding how and for whom new energy soures are concentrated.

International Journal of Nursing Studies, Volume 123, November 2021

This is a jointly-published editorial in line with the UN General Assembly to encourage the policy to be adopted but also to raise the profile of health professionals in the debate over climate change.