The BBC has today announced extensive coverage plans for the UN’s upcoming climate change conference in Glasgow, bringing audiences to the heart of November’s summit with special programming, news and digital coverage.
Under the banner of Our Planet Now, the BBC will bring together its UK and global services to deliver unrivalled and comprehensive coverage of COP26, as well as a wide range of programming throughout the autumn and winter exploring, in-depth, the topics of environmental sustainability and the world’s changing climate.
Reporting and analysis of the COP26 Conference will be led by the BBC’s first-ever Climate Editor, Justin Rowlatt, and Science Editor, David Shukman, with BBC News correspondents such as West Africa Correspondent Mayeni Jones, South Asia Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan, and Australia Correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reporting from around the world, assessing how initiatives might be received in those countries which are most vulnerable to climate change, and those economies who rely on polluting industries.
BBC World News will also broadcast Life at 50°C, a four-part series presenting the reality of climate change through stories of people around the world, exploring how communities living in cities and rural areas have had to adapt their lives to cope with extreme heat. Featuring stories from Nigeria, Pakistan, Australia, Mexico, India, Mauritania, Iraq and the Gulf states, there will also be a collection of ambitious digital films on the BBC News YouTube channel.
In addition to the Life at 50°C series, BBC World News will also broadcast Countdown to COP 26. Each of the nine sixteen-minute programmes will feature BBC correspondents from around the world who will be helping viewers make sense of the challenges facing our planet. From primers on the big issues, to the latest technological solutions, Countdown to COP 26 will explore what climate change means for your region.
BBC World News’ flagship technology show, Click LIVE at COP26, will come from Glasgow in the first week of the COP conference, and dissects the roles innovation and technology can play in helping solve the world’s biggest problems. From advancements in artificial intelligence, to robotics, to agtech, this special immersive production examines novel solutions tailored towards a carbon-negative tomorrow. Bursting with physical demonstrations and world first wonders, the show – recorded in front of a live audience – will feature expert contributors to illuminate key areas for growth across the energy, transport and agriculture industries, and shine a sustainable spotlight on the work major players in the technology sector are doing to address our climate emergency.
BBC World News and BBC World Service will also host an ambitious, high-level Global Climate Debate on Monday 1 November, the opening day of the climate summit. Four leading global political figures will come together to take questions from young people in the studio and around the world on the challenges presented by climate change, and the hopes for global solutions to be achieved at the COP climate change meeting. This hour long programme will give young people around the world the chance to put their questions directly to high-profile decision-makers and hold their leaders to account on action for climate change.
Other programmes on BBC World News include: Climate Change On Trial, a half-hour documentary, presented by Nick Beake, who travels to Norway to meet the young people taking on their government in an attempt to prevent further drilling for oil and gas; and Reporting From The Climate Frontlines, where the BBC’s Science Editor, David Shukman, who has been witness on the frontline of global warming, explores how we got here and what it means for the future.