COP26: Daily briefing of the UN summit on climate change on Thursday 11 November


They captured the attention of the rest of the world – or at least the Commonwealth – for the last time when Glasgow was the host city of the Games in 2014.

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Then, the opening ceremony of the athletic extravaganza was graced by the presence of a troupe of Tunnock’s Teacakes dancers.

They circled around Celtic Park with glee after Scotland was chosen as the venue for the Games for the first time in 28 years, helping to bring attention to a treat that’s been popular here for over half a century .

In order not to question the taste of the participants at the climate change summit, it is disturbing to say the least that many delegates and at least one well-known journalist refused the offer of a teacake when they got together. installed in the blue zone for Thursday sessions.

Alok’s dramatic response

A Dutch journalist asked Alok Sharma if he was trying to create additional drama to accelerate progress by withholding the “final text” of the conference draft agreement, to which the odd COP26 president responded quickly but with confidence. casually: “People sometimes describe me as’ No drama Sharma

Their performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow alerted the world to the Tunnock Teacakes.

Japan announced a major shift in its stance on climate change last year, accelerating a vague pledge to become carbon neutral as soon as possible in the second half of the century to set a date of 2050.

However, their vocabulary still seems to have catching up.

Dr Saito Tetsuo, his Minister of Transport, delivered a video message to an aviation session of the conference in Japanese, except for two sentences in English: “Carbon neutral” and “carbon offset”.

Alok Sharma at COP26

While those attending the summit in an official capacity were given a free pass, it must have been a bit embarrassing for organizers and public transport officials when the restless natives turned on them.

Campaigners rallied to call for better public transport in Scotland, saying the free pass underscores the need for a fully integrated system.

Meanwhile, all participants in the Climate Change Summit receive a pass that can be used for free on Glasgow buses, trains and the underground.

Protesters call for a fully integrated transport system across Scotland.

Parts of Scottish public transport have smart card systems, but there is no integrated card for all public transport users across the network.

A demonstration organized by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Get Glasgow Moving took place in George Square and drew quite a few people.

So far, no one has been able to comment on how the protesters got their money or how much it cost them.


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