‘Still on the road to hell’: what the papers say about Cop26


‘Still on the road to hell’: what the papers say about Cop26

As the climate summit in Glasgow wrapped up with a last-minute deal, the front pages of Britain’s papers told very different stories

Composite image of UK newspaper front pages on Sunday 14 November

After days of painful wrangling, the Cop26 summit finally delivered a watered-down climate deal on Saturday night. While some activists were firmly unimpressed with the result, Sunday’s papers delivered verdicts ranging from “Still on the road to hell” to a more sanguine “Climate deal for the world”.

The story found its way on to most front pages. The Observer splashed on Boris Johnson offering to help Jennifer Arcuri’s business, with a smaller story on Cop26 reporting that a deal had been struck after last-minute drama.

The Independent devoted the entire front page to the story, headlining on UK minister Alok Sharma, president of the summit, apologising for the watered-down deal reached after pressure from India and China.

The Sunday Times also emphasised the role of India and China in shaping the deal.

The Telegraph also went with Sharma apologising for the coal ‘climbdown’, but put it far down the front page, below Liz Truss telling Vladimir Putin to end the migrant row on Poland’s border and a main image of England once again defeating Australia in the rugby.

The Scottish edition of the Mail had the most positive take, hailing a “climate deal for the world” that it described as the most “ambitious ever seen”.

By contrast, Scotland on Sunday did not leave its readers wondering about its feelings on the outcome of the summit, splashing with “Make no mistake, we are still on the road to hell”.


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