A year late, for obvious reasons, but the imminent Glasgow climate shindig is still seismically important. But will this cauldron of egos be any more productive than the previous 25?

Yes. No. Possibly. Probably not. Oh Jesus we don’t know do we. But what we DO know is that countries were set homework at 2015’s Paris get-together, homework that’s very much overdue. So we canter through who’s the class swot, who’s too cool to comply with artificial constructs like ‘deadlines’, and who’s been feeding their assignments to the dog.

Oh, and we also chat to Bamber Hawes, the man on pilgrimage to the talks from Shropshire with Clarion the polar bear atop his shoulders. For wherever there are gatherings of international suits deciding humanity’s fate, there will, as sure as C follows UNFCC-, be wonderfully bonkers acts of protest, theatre, and physical endurance.

Follow Bamber & Clarion’s progress – and help them out with accommodation, polar bear carrying, and the like – here https://clarionthebear.fish/

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