COP27

Opinion: ‘Africa’s COP’ made some big promises. Here’s how to deliver.

The recently-concluded COP27 was dubbed the “African COP” – with the continent center stage in the global effort to fight the causes and effects of climate change. As negotiations in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh spilled over into the weekend, there was a significant breakthrough on one of the most fractious elements – creating …

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World still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after Cop27 deal

Experts say biggest economies must pledge more cuts to carbon emissions but hail agreement to set up loss and damage fund. The world still stands “on the brink of climate catastrophe” after the deal reached at the Cop27 UN climate summit on Sunday, and the biggest economies must make fresh commitments to cut greenhouse gas …

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UN Climate Summit

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 at the U.N. climate talks in Egypt, a spokesperson said late Friday. Kerry is experiencing “mild symptoms” and is fully vaccinated and boosted. “He is working with his negotiations team and foreign counterparts by phone to ensure a successful …

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Rich polluting nations are hijacking 1.5C goal for their own aims

At COP27, wealthy governments are pushing for stronger efforts to limit global warming – while failing to deliver the finance and technology promised for climate action in poorer countries. It’s a rich irony that the United States, European Union and other wealthy countries are claiming to be climate champions that are trying to “keep 1.5 …

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Trust breaks down at Cop27 as UN chief urges countries to reach agreement in final 24 hours

‘This is no time for finger-pointing. The blame game is a recipe for mutually assured destruction,’ UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres warns In the final 24-hour stretch of Cop27, countries remain bitterly divided over the path forward on the global climate crisis. United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres arrived back in Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday to push …

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Cop27: EU agrees to loss and damage fund to help poor countries amid climate disasters

Change in stance puts spotlight on US and China, which have both objected to fund. A breakthrough looked possible in the deadlocked global climate talks on Friday as the European Union made a dramatic intervention to agree to key developing world demands on financial help for poor countries. In the early hours of Friday at …

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UAE using role as Cop28 host to lobby on its climate reputation

Gulf petrostate hired PR firms to stress its part in next year’s climate summit before this year’s had begun. The United Arab Emirates has been using its role as the host of next year’s UN climate conference to launder its international reputation, long before this year’s event – Cop27 in Sharm el-Sheikh – began. The …

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Carbon emissions hit new high: warning from COP27

Fresh data released at the climate summit show global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are soaring despite energy crisis. Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are projected to increase by 1% in 2022, hitting a new record of 37.5 billion tonnes, scientists announced today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the …

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COP27 will be ‘failure’ without new climate fund, says Vanuatu

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt – The Pacific island state of Vanuatu will consider the COP27 climate talks “a failure” if they conclude without a new fund for vulnerable countries to tackle “loss and damage” fuelled by global warming, its climate change minister said. Ralph Regenvanu said Vanuatu was the first nation to introduce the term “loss …

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Limit of 1.5C global heating is at risk, Alok Sharma warns at Cop27

Previous summit’s president tells ministers no ‘backsliding’ must be allowed over climate crisis ‘red line’Alok Sharma in crowded hall. Alok Sharma, the former UK cabinet minister who presided over the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow last year, has warned delegates at Cop27 that the possibility of limiting global heating to no more than 1.5C may …

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