COP28: Short of the finish line

After almost 30 years of haggling over the planet’s future at COP meetings, climate activists descended on COP28 in Dubai in December, intent on achieving the phasing out of fossil fuels.

Instead, the meeting approved a roadmap for “transitioning away from fossil fuels”, stopping short of agreeing to the phaseout of oil, coal and gas. The meeting pushed into overtime over intense overnight negotiations on the fossil fuel wording.

The inclusion of language around a move away from fossil fuels in a COP agreement is . . .

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