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Uh, Can Someone Give CNN a Map of Scotland?

By Petr Knava | Social Media | November 1, 2021 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | November 1, 2021 |


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World leaders are currently gathered in Scotland for the COP26 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) summit. They’re there to wish upon a lucky star that someone will finally do something about this pesky ‘existential threat to human civilisation’ thing.

I’ve seen a lot of people dunking on that tweet, rightfully pointing out that the sight of literally the most powerful people in the world wishing for good luck instead of drafting policies is a little bit insulting at best; but to be fair to these heads of state, they might not be able to do much without the permission of their corporate owners, so wishing for luck might well be the best they can do. Poor little leaders. We should consider that before we judge them too harshly for putting profits ahead of life itself.

Anyway despite my painful protective cynicism, COP26 is seen as quite a big deal in many climate circles. Over 120 world leaders are set to attend the summit, which lasts from 31st October until 12th November. They gather for the summit as the world stands on the brink. If we continue on our current trajectory and prove incapable or unwilling of changing course, we will soar past the 1.5 degree heating limited that Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agrees is the maximum temperature rise we should try to avoid if we are to avert truly catastrophic changes to the planet’s weather systems and biosphere. The hope is that COP26 will result in a raft of agreements that will manage to hold the planet below 1.5 degrees.

I won’t go into my own analysis of what I think the outcomes of the summit will be right now because right now I’m really trying my best to manage my climate doomery, so instead let’s focus for a minute on a lighter side of the whole thing: First-time newsreader Wolf Blitzer and that provincial little outfit CNN showing up to entirely the wrong city for their coverage of COP26:

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