Climate summit and climbing new peaks (E411)
So COP26 has come to an end; you could tell from the vapour trails left by the private jets, the diesel consumption from eight-mile-a-gallon cavalcades, and the media hullabaloo surrounding the summit. But some ghosts haunted the event in their absence: Russia, whose president appeared by Zoom, and China, whose president appeared via old-fashioned printed press handouts. Why so, and where for? We asked our man in Beijing, Tom McGregor.
Kenton Cool is a world-renowned mountaineer, but when he’s not busy trekking the highest mountains in the world, he’s pretty damn good at conservation and development work, including building dams in Africa. He has reached the summit of mount Everest 15 times, climbed K2 and skied down 8,000m peaks. So we asked Kenton Cool how the world, and COP26 in particular, looked from these heady heights.