Edinburgh Impact

Opinion

Comment and analysis on today’s biggest issues from Edinburgh's world-leading experts.

The views expressed in this section are those of the contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University.

Was COP26 a success?

The climate summit in Glasgow saw the planet take major steps towards addressing the climate crisis, but stumble attempting the giant leap needed to limit warming to 1.5C.

Good COP or bad COP?

Incremental progress was made in Glasgow, but change needs to happen faster. The climate does not wait for politics, and it remains headed for an ever deeper crisis.

COP26: Are we looking for success in the wrong places?

Large globe hanging from the ceiling at COP26
To find real progress at the summit look past world leaders shaking hands to what is happening beyond the negotiating rooms.

Education is key to UK’s net-zero transition

Green skills and career pathways must be embedded into every part of education in the UK to help meet climate targets and ensure people thrive in a zero-carbon economy.

Can leaders’ missteps guide Africa’s Covid path?

Power has offered politicians precious little protection from the pandemic but lessons learned could be of lasting benefit

A blunt approach is no antidote to vaccine hesitancy

Facts are somewhat ineffective in fighting the spread of misinformation. Building trust, rather than flashing credentials, is key.

The Brexit vote and the Union: Scotland five years on

The 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU shook the UK to its constitutional core. The aftershocks may yet loosen Scotland's place in the Union.

Use the G7 to revolutionise global health data and prevent next Covid-19

The meeting of the world's most powerful states is an opportunity for the UK to build a data-driven system that could inoculate the world against another pandemic.