What you need to know about the U.N. COP26 climate summit — and why it matters

‘We must get serious. And we must act fast,’ U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said recently, noting that the world is ‘seemingly light-years away’ from meeting its climate goals

Banners for the upcoming COP26 climate talks line a street in Glasgow, Scotland. The city will welcome world leaders and thousands of attendees for the crucial U.N. summit in November. (Ian Forsyth/Bloomberg)

Tens of thousands of people from every corner of the globe are preparing to gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for a two-week United Nations summit that could shape how — and whether — the world effectively slows climate change in the years ahead. Here are answers to some key questions about the talks:

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