COP 26

U.N. climate talks in Scotland ended with a global agreement that aimed at least to keep alive hopes of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.


The actor, ultramarathon runner and activist Agis Emmanuel, who ran 2,121 kilometers from Athens to Glasgow between August 11 and November 5, taking in beautiful Italian cities, French forests, and the English and Scottish countryside, did so as a cry of agony over climate change.

Construction of hot water pipes heated from a floating nuclear power plant docked in the Arctic port town of Pevek, Russia, Oct 8. A remote Siberian town now has its own miniature nuclear plant as a Russian state company tests a new model for residential heating. Some see it as a tool to minimize climate change. [Emile Ducke/The New York Times]

The water was hot, steamy and plentiful, and Pavel Rozhkov let it flow over his body, enjoying a shower that is not for the squeamish: On his bare skin, he was feeling the heat produced by an atomic reaction, pumped directly from a nuclear reactor into his home.


Europe’s record-breaking summer heat would have been “almost impossible without human induced climate change,” according to a survey by the Met Office Hadley Center, one of the UK’s foremost climate change research centers, made public Thursday amid ongoing COP26 talks in Glasgow.

The island of Naxos, now linked to the Greek mainland via an underwater electrical cable, Oct 5. As climate change bears down, Greece is upending its sources of energy and trying to reshape its economic destiny. [Eirini Vourloumis/The New York Times]

On the windswept western tip of one of Greece’s largest islands, an unassuming stone building above the Aegean Sea has become an unlikely outpost in this country’s fight against climate change. Camouflaged inside is a new power station linked to an 180-mile undersea electricity cable that ties Naxos to a chain of other […]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the opening ceremony of the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. [AP]

The climate crisis is a code red for humanity. World leaders are being put to the test at the UN Climate Conference – known as COP26 – in Glasgow. Their actions – or inactions – will show their seriousness about addressing this planetary emergency. 

A man relaxes on a canoe at the Caddebostan shore, on the Asian side of Istanbul, June 8, surrounded by a mass of marine mucilage – a thick, slimy substance made up of compounds released by marine organisms, in Turkey's Marmara Sea. [AP]

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday Turkey had signed a memorandum of understanding under which it will receive loans worth $3.2 billion to help it meet clean energy goals set out in the Paris climate accord.