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.


The Lancet Public Health, Volume 6, September 2021

This Editorial discusses the IPCC report that came out in August 2021 and the need for climate change mitigation ahead of COP26

The Lancet Regional Health - Europe, Volume 7, August 2021

This Editorial discusses the German floods that happened in July 2021 and their relationship to climate change

EClinicalMedicine, Volume 37, July 2021

This is the first epidemiology study to comprehensively investigate the associations between the daily hospital visits for IgE-mediated allergy and the short-term exposure to air pollution in southern China

EClinicalMedicine, Volume 31, January 2021

This Editorial discusses climate change in the context of COVID-19 including the opportunities and global challenges

Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 5, Issue 2, February 2021, Pages e74–e83.

This Article addresses SDGs 3, 12, and 13 by modelling the impact of placing health as a central focus of climate policies. The findings showed that compared with current policies, a scenario in which policies were consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs substantially reduced air pollution-related deaths, diet-related deaths, and deaths due to physical activity. They showed that adopting an even more ambitious health-focused climate policy would result in further reductions in deaths as well as mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and harmful pollutants.

Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 31, 2021, 100504

Recent advances in electrochemically mediated CO2 capture and release using redox-active sorbents and mediators.

Geography and Sustainability, Volume 1, September 2020

Climate change requires joint actions between government and local actors. Those most affected by climate change are populations in coastal regions that face extreme weather events and sea-level increases. In this article, geospatial perception of climate change is identified, and the research parameters are quantified.

The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021,100049

Given their carbon emissions, pharmaceutical companies must intensify their efforts and play an active role in addressing climate change.