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.


Telematics and Informatics, Volume 46, March 2020

Virtual environments and serious games can convey environmental communication. Content and affordances may influence psychological distance and risk perception. Interactivity enhanced self-efficacy and in turn environmental outcomes. Psychological closeness enhanced risk perception and in turn environmental outcomes.

World Patent Information, Volume 59, December 2019

This paper contributes to Goal 13 by assessing private R&D spending in Europe in the context of climate change mitigation technologies

Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Volume 193, May 2019

Metal halide perovskite materials have revolutionized the solution-processed solar cells and become the vanguard of research focus with an unprecedented improvement of power conversion efficiencies -- but how do we deal with the toxicity problems?

Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 123, April 2019

Pyrolysis converts biomass into liquid, gaseous and solid fuels--this process is key for producing bioenergy, and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.

Energy Research and Social Science, Volume 35, January 2018

Review of how the renewable energy transition is fundamentally a political struggle.

General and Comparative Endocrinology, Volume 157, July 2008

All organisms respond to environmental cues that allow them to organize the timing and duration of life history stages that make up their life cycles. Superimposed on this predictable life cycle are unpredictable events that have the potential to be stressful. Environmental and social stresses have deleterious effects on life history stages such as migration, reproductive function and molt in vertebrates. Global climate change, human disturbance and endocrine disruption from pollutants are increasingly likely to pose additional stresses that could have a major impact on organisms.

The Lancet, Volume 398, 9 October 2021

This Comment launches the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health, a global call to action from the planetary health community charting a path forward to support a more equitable and resilient post-pandemic world.

The Lancet Oncology, Volume 22, October 2021

This Editorial, written ahead of COP26, discusses climate-related deaths, particularly from cancer and calls for climate action.

The Lancet, Volume 398, 11 September 2021

Climate crisis: Over 200 health journals urge world leaders to tackle “catastrophic harm”. This Comment provides the health argument for climate change and calls on leaders to make 2021 the year for action. This Comment was signed by The Lancet and simultaneously published in over 200 medical journals.