‘Energy turmoil’ looms unless demand is checked, says Cop28 president

The problem of the ever-growing demand for power must be addressed if the world is not to risk descending into “energy turmoil” as it transitions towards clean energy, according…Continue reading‘Energy turmoil’ looms unless demand is checked, says Cop28 president

Marine sponges reveal global warming has already exceeded 1.5 degrees

Scientists analysed 300 years of ocean temperature records from marine sponges and discovered global warming has increased by 0.5˚C more than was previously estimated. In the study, published in…Continue readingMarine sponges reveal global warming has already exceeded 1.5 degrees

New study says the world blew past 1.5˚C four years ago

Limiting average global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above preindustrial levels has been the gold standard for climate action since at least the 2015 Paris…Continue readingNew study says the world blew past 1.5˚C four years ago

COP28 president says his firm will keep investing in oil

The president of the COP28 climate summit will continue with his oil company’s record investment in oil and gas production, despite coordinating a global deal to “transition away” from fossil fuels.…Continue readingCOP28 president says his firm will keep investing in oil

Failure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists

The failure of COP28 to call for a phase-out of fossil fuels is “devastating” and “dangerous” given the urgent need for action to tackle the climate crisis, scientists have said. One…Continue readingFailure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists

Big oil welcomes COP28 call to move away from fossil fuels in ‘orderly’ way

Climate agreement may fail to result in falls in oil and gas production. The world’s largest oil producers have saluted the COP28 agreement’s focus on an “orderly” move away…Continue readingBig oil welcomes COP28 call to move away from fossil fuels in ‘orderly’ way

Dubai summit adopts world-first ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

Nearly 200 nations meeting in Dubai on Wednesday approved a first-ever call for the world to transition away from fossil fuels. The biggest-ever COP meeting hosted more than 88,000…Continue readingDubai summit adopts world-first ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

Why are people still flying to climate conferences by private jet?

Rishi Sunak, David Cameron and King Charles are just three of the more than 70,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries at the latest UN climate summit in Dubai, COP28.…Continue readingWhy are people still flying to climate conferences by private jet?

Controversial carbon credits flood COP28, yet still no rules

The COP28 climate talks have been flooded with announcements hyping controversial carbon credits before rules for them have been hammered out, with environmental groups fearing “greenwashing” on a massive…Continue readingControversial carbon credits flood COP28, yet still no rules

Saudi Arabia says ‘absolutely not’ to oil phase down at COP28

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister has slammed the door shut to agreeing to phase down fossil fuels at the UN’s COP28 climate talks, setting the stage for difficult negotiations in…Continue readingSaudi Arabia says ‘absolutely not’ to oil phase down at COP28

COP28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels

The president of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5˚C, the…Continue readingCOP28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels

World temperatures will blow past Paris goals this decade

According to a new paper by scientists from a dozen institutions, the world’s average temperature will surpass 1.5°C above preindustrial times within the next several years—much faster than most…Continue readingWorld temperatures will blow past Paris goals this decade

Climate ‘loss and damage’ talks end in failure

A crucial meeting on climate “loss and damages” ahead of COP28 ended in failure Saturday, with countries from the global north and south unable to reach an agreement, according…Continue readingClimate ‘loss and damage’ talks end in failure

UN climate talks hit by bullying and harassment allegations

Female delegates at UN climate talks allege they were bullied, abused and sexually harassed by male negotiators, casting a deeper shadow over this year’s COP28 summit. One female negotiator…Continue readingUN climate talks hit by bullying and harassment allegations

Amnesty brands COP28 invitation to Bashar al-Assad as ‘sick joke’

“Given that Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons and flattened entire towns and cities in a murderous scorched-earth military campaign, it’s a sick joke to imagine that he’ll take…Continue readingAmnesty brands COP28 invitation to Bashar al-Assad as ‘sick joke’

UN chief attacks oil and gas industry ‘planet wreckers’ over fossil fuel expansion

UN secretary-general António Guterres attacked oil and gas industry attempts to justify fossil fuel expansion with carbon capture technology as “proposals to become more efficient planet wreckers”, in a…Continue readingUN chief attacks oil and gas industry ‘planet wreckers’ over fossil fuel expansion

‘Absolute scandal’: UAE state oil firm able to read COP28 climate summit emails

The United Arab Emirates’ state oil company has been able to read emails to and from the COP28 climate summit office and was consulted on how to respond to…Continue reading‘Absolute scandal’: UAE state oil firm able to read COP28 climate summit emails

Will fossil fuel phase-out make it onto the UN’s climate agenda?

United Nations climate chief says while the rapid end of burning coal, oil, and natural gas is urgently needed, the topic may not even reach crucial COP28 negotiations.Continue readingWill fossil fuel phase-out make it onto the UN’s climate agenda?

UN’s Climate COP28 President will be an Oil company CEO

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World still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after COP27

At the talks, nearly 200 countries agreed that a fund for loss and damage, which would pay out to rescue and rebuild the physical and social infrastructure of countries…Continue readingWorld still ‘on brink of climate catastrophe’ after COP27

EU accused of climate accounting tricks

There’s some hocus-pocus going on with the emissions reduction numbers the European Union is proudly touting at the COP27 climate summit, climate campaigners allege. The EU says it’s one…Continue readingEU accused of climate accounting tricks

Humanity devouring itself and the planet

“At the moment,” writes Warren Hern, “we are the most misnamed species on the planet: Homo sapiens sapiens—’wise, wise man.’ Not.” Hern, 84, physician and adjunct professor of anthropology…Continue readingHumanity devouring itself and the planet

COP27 being used to rebrand gas as transitional fuel, experts warn

Gas producers and their financial backers see COP27 as an opportunity for discussions about rebranding natural gas as a transition fuel rather than a fossil fuel, experts have said.…Continue readingCOP27 being used to rebrand gas as transitional fuel, experts warn