The COP26 U.N. Climate Change Conference is coming to a close, and while the leaders of some of the world’s largest emitters are absent from the conference, other countries have increased their climate pledges around deforestation and methane emissions. But activists and leaders from the most vulnerable nations are demanding more ambitious commitments to meet the carbon-emissions cuts that scientists say are necessary to combat the worst impacts of climate change.

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, Robyn Eckersley, a political science professor at the University of Melbourne, joins to talk about the difficulties of reaching a coordinated international strategy on climate as well as the history of international agreements in general. Then Anthony Leiserowitz, the director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, comes on to discuss…

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