COP26 has finished and the question on everyone’s minds is: “was it a success or a failure?” Climate change is the world’s most wicked and complex problem, so there is no simple answer.

But let’s start with the pretty good. Intense pre-COP negotiations resulted in a number of substantial commitments in the first week of the meeting. On day two, there was the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests & Land Use, a global pledge to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. More than 100 countries signed up, covering land containing about 85 per cent of the world’s forests. The declaration included pledges of about $26 billion of private and public finance.

Please click here to read the full “Good COP, bad COP: Climate wins and losses from Glasgow” article published in The Age, written by Lesley Hughes and Griffith Asia Institute member, Dr Wesley Morgan.