The motto for COP26, “keeping 1.5 degrees alive”, was in line with the Paris Climate Agreement adopted at COP21 in December 2015. There, 196 parties pledged to limit global temperature rises to 1,5 degrees Celsius and keep them below the 2.0 of the pre-industrial period. But as the conference started in Glasgow, Scotland late last year, the reality of the viability of keeping warming to 1.5 degrees looked increasingly unlikely as countries that had adopted the Paris Climate Agreement changed their levels of commitment to reduce emissions.  

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Vincent is a Junior Researcher in the Natural Resource Governance programme. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. His personal interests include current affairs, social and environmental justice, social and economic policy, as well as the nexus between law and politics. He is a strong believer in the important role which institutions, governance and rule of law must play for there to be sustainable development on the African continent.