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COP28 has kicked off in Dubai amid division, as there is no firm commitment from developed nations to help out less financially secure countries. 
COMMENTARY
Nov 29, 2023
The Global South has lost faith in COP28
The Global South, which bears the brunt of climate change despite contributing minimally to emissions, is frustrated.
Sultan Al Jaber strongly denied reports that he used his position as COP president to pitch new oil and gas investments to governments.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
COP28 president denies using climate talks to push oil deals
The allegations against Sultan Al Jaber have fanned long-running suspicions over the wisdom of a petrostate hosting the climate talks.
With COP28 taking place during a year set to be the hottest on record, the need for more progress has never been greater.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 29, 2023
Japan's relationship with coal likely to be in focus at COP28
With the climate talks taking place during a year set to be the hottest on record, the need for more progress has never been greater.
A person walks past a COP28 sign in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 1.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 28, 2023
Biggest climate talks ever confront global chaos and record heat
Greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, and promises to cut pollution remain insufficient to take the risk of unmanageable warming off the table.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a news conference in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Friday. Biden will not attend a major United Nations climate summit that begins Thursday in Dubai.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 27, 2023
Biden to skip U.N. climate summit, White House official says
Climate activists are likely to be angered by the decision, but analysts said it was not typical for a U.S. president to attend every climate summit.
COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber addresses delegates during the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi on Sept. 5.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 23, 2023
Sultan al-Jaber: the UAE oil boss steering COP28
Climate funding has caused divisions between developed countries held largely responsible for global warming and poorer countries most vulnerable to it.
A street thermometer marks 40 degrees Celsius in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 15, 2023
Heat projected to kill nearly five times more people by 2050
A team of international experts warned that without climate change action, the "health of humanity is at grave risk."
An agent inspects a tree extracted from the Amazon rainforest during an operation to combat deforestation in Para State, Brazil, on Jan. 20.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Nov 14, 2023
Forests key to climate fight along with cutting fossil fuels: study
Restoring global forests could sequester 22 times as much carbon as the world emits in a year, meaning trees are a key tool in fighting climate change.
Wind turbines along the crest of a hill at the Martin de la Jara wind farm, operated by Iberdrola SA, in the Martin de la Jara district of Sevilla, Spain, in April 2023
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Nov 13, 2023
U.S. and EU lead push for COP28 to back tripling of renewables
More than 60 countries are said to be backing the targets to be included in the outcome of the U.N.’s forthcoming COP28 talks in Dubai.
A newly built floating solar plant that can generate 192 megawatts of peak electricity, on Thursday at Cirata Reservoir, Indonesia.
ENVIRONMENT / Energy
Nov 10, 2023
U.S. and EU lead push for COP28 to endorse tripling of renewables
Nearly 60 countries, including Japan, are backing the targets to be included in the outcome of the U.N.’s upcoming COP28 talks in Dubai.
The McKinsey & Company logo at the 54th International Paris Airshow on June 21
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 8, 2023
Top consultancy undermining climate change fight: whistleblowers
Privately, the U.S.-based firm offers energy scenarios at odds with its public climate goals to the summit's decision-makers.
Demonstrators hold banners in front of the TotalEnergies headquarter building at La Defense in Courbevoie, France, on Nov. 3, ahead of the international climate conference COP28 in Dubai later this month.
WORLD
Nov 7, 2023
Impasse broken on climate fund before COP28 but tough road ahead
Both developing and developed countries said they had made major concessions to avoid a failure that would have soured U.N. climate talks.
A road is flooded in Mehar, Pakistan, in August 2022.
WORLD
Nov 5, 2023
Climate negotiators reach framework to aid vulnerable countries
Delegates meeting in Abu Dhabi agreed late Saturday that the World Bank will host a new Loss and Damage Fund on an interim basis for four years.
Environmental activists on the sidelines of the New Global Financial Pact Summit in Paris on June 23
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Oct 24, 2023
Countries deadlocked on 'loss and damage' as climate summit nears
Developing and developed countries at odds over fund's eligibility and who will oversee it.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 20, 2023
Climate fault lines in clear sight at U.N. General Assembly
Disconnects are likely to remain front and center when many of the same leaders gather in Dubai for COP28 in November.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Jun 16, 2023
COP28 progress threatened by climate finance blame game at U.N. talks
Wealthy nations' unwillingness to discuss funding for vulnerable nations soured the atmosphere on most issues under negotiation — and is set to spill over into COP28.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 6, 2023
A Western distraction from climate action
In a dangerous diversion, members of the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament have demanded the removal of Sultan Al Jaber as COP28 president-designate.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 9, 2023
Phasing out fossil fuels hasn’t worked. Europe has a new idea for COP28
Some climate hawks have called for an expansion of renewables, rather than carbon capture technology that leaves the door open for more emissions.

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