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COP 28 Live Blog - 4th December

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Welcome to our live blog of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Over the next two weeks, world leaders, policymakers, activists, and experts will gather to discuss and negotiate critical issues related to climate change, biodiversity, and sustainability. The stakes are high, as the world faces a climate crisis that demands urgent and transformative action.
We will be bringing you real-time updates, insights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses of the event, providing a comprehensive overview of the discussions, decisions, and outcomes of COP 28.

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End of Day Summary:

Updated 00:15h GST/UTC+4 - 5/12/23
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  • Gender Equality: A new partnership was launched to empower women and ensure gender-responsive climate action. Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged for concrete action.
  • Clean Energy: G7+ and Ukraine launched a partnership for Ukraine's energy system reconstruction. Canada announced draft regulations to curb methane emissions. UAE and Bill Gates' TerraPower signed a deal to explore advanced nuclear reactors.
  • Finance: Development banks formed a task force to expand "debt-for-nature" swaps, where debt relief is offered in exchange for environmental protection commitments. UAE banks pledged $200 billion in green finance.
  • Fossil Fuels: Aramco CEO advocated for continued oil investment, while Canada, Brazil, and Egypt are set to announce methane regulations. UAE's Energy Minister warned against neglecting the oil and gas industry.
  • COP 28 President Al Jaber faced criticism after comments downplaying the role of fossil fuels in climate change. He attempted to clarify his position and mend fences.
Overall Sentiment In The Negotiation Rooms:
  • Cautious optimism: While acknowledging the challenges, delegates seem encouraged by the collaborative spirit and early progress.
  • Focus on implementation: The conversation is shifting from pledges to concrete action plans and regulations.
Looking Ahead:
  • Will the momentum be sustained?
  • Can Al Jaber navigate the conflicting interests and steer COP28 towards a meaningful outcome?
  • What role will developing nations play in shaping the final agreements?

COP28 Launches Partnership To Empower Women And Ensure Gender-Responsive Climate Action

Updated 23:35h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

Today, Ministers and officials gathered for a crucial dialogue on advancing gender-responsive just transitions, a key aspect of implementing the Paris Agreement. Led by UN Climate Change High-Level Champion Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the COP28 Presidency unveiled a brand new initiative: the “COP28 Gender-Responsive Just Transitions & Climate Action Partnership.”
This landmark partnership, endorsed by over 60 nations, boasts a three-year action plan with concrete commitments from signatories. The urgency is undeniable: the International Labor Organization warns that 1.2 billion jobs are at risk from climate change, with women bearing the brunt due to their concentration in vulnerable sectors.
Gender Equality Day served as a stark reminder of the need for equal opportunities in both emerging and impacted job markets. The new partnership tackles this challenge head-on by focusing on three pillars:
  • Better Data: Precise data is crucial for informed decision-making in transition planning. The partnership will invest in gathering and utilizing gender-disaggregated data to ensure women's voices are heard and their needs met.
  • Finance for impact: More effective finance flows are needed for regions most affected by climate change. The partnership will channel resources towards initiatives that empower women and bolster their resilience.
  • Building skills and capacity: Equipping women with the right skills and knowledge is essential for their participation in the green economy. The partnership prioritizes education, training, and capacity-building programs tailored to women's needs.

Hillary Clinton Calls For Action On Gender Equality

Updated 23:17h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

Speaking on a panel titled "Women Building a Climate Resilient World," Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urged the climate conference to translate its focus on gender equality into concrete action.
She also acknowledged the historic first for COP, but stressed that symbolic gestures were not enough.
“This is the first ever COP with a focus on gender and health... but it's also a reminder of how we still have so much work to do...we've had a great day of discussion, now we need to move forward together.”

G7+ And Ukraine Launch Clean Energy Partnership

Updated 22:08h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

The G7+ nations and the Ukrainian government have launched a clean energy partnership for the reconstruction of Ukraine's energy system. According to a joint statement published by the UK Foreign Office, less than two hours ago, this partnership will support Ukraine in its goal of building a resilient, efficient, more decentralized and smart energy system fit for a Net Zero future.
The partnership brings together the Government of Ukraine, bilateral donors, key international organizations and financial institutions, and voices representing the private sector. It will provide grants, guarantees, technical support and expertise to help Ukraine integrate with regional energy markets, harness private finance, and support the adoption of cutting-edge clean energy innovations.

Canada Cracks Down On Methane Emissions With New Draft Regulations

Updated 20:42h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

Canada is taking a step towards tackling climate change with the announcement of draft regulations aimed at curbing potent methane emissions from its oil and gas industry. This move comes just days after the United States unveiled similar rules, signaling a coordinated global effort to address this critical issue.
Speaking during a high-level session today, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault outlined the ambitious plans to eliminate routine venting and flaring of methane, a wasteful practice responsible for significant atmospheric releases. The Minister emphasized the economic benefits of capturing and utilizing this captured methane as a valuable energy source, highlighting its low-cost feasibility for companies.
Canada, a top-four global oil producer, will also be ramping up efforts to identify and address leaky infrastructure, pinpointing another key source of fugitive emissions. This focus on detection and mitigation demonstrates a comprehensive approach to tackling the problem at its root.
Methane, while shorter-lived than carbon dioxide, packs a powerful punch. Its warming impact over 20 years is 80 times greater than CO2, making it a prime target for countries aiming to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Canada's draft regulations, projected to reduce emissions by 217 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent between 2027 and 2040, represent a significant contribution to this collective effort.
Canada joins over 150 nations signed onto the Global Methane Pledge, a testament to the growing international consensus on the urgency of this issue. With similar regulations expected from Egypt and Brazil, the momentum for global methane reduction is gaining undeniable force.

Development Banks Launch Task Force To Scale Up “Debt-for-Nature” Swaps

Updated 20:00h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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A group of major multilateral development banks (MDBs) and climate funds have joined forces to create a global task force dedicated to expanding “debt-for-nature” swaps. This initiative aims to significantly increase the number and size of these swaps, which offer developing countries debt relief in exchange for environmental protection commitments.
Debt-for-nature swaps have gained traction in recent years, with successful examples in Belize, the Galapagos Islands, and other regions. These deals involve MDBs purchasing a developing nation's debt at a discounted rate and replacing it with cheaper, eco-friendly bonds backed by the MDB's guarantees. This reduces the risk for investors, lowers the borrowing costs for the developing country, and frees up funds for conservation efforts.
The newly formed task force, spearheaded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), represents a pivotal move by MDBs to collectively bolster their support for these swaps. Joining forces with the Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Agence Française de Développement, European Investment Bank, Green Climate Fund, and Global Environment Facility, the task force signifies a united front in tackling environmental challenges.
“We are looking to scale up and enhance the impact of climate and nature finance,” said IDB President Ilan Goldfajn, highlighting the task force's ambitious goals. DFC CEO Scott Nathan echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the initiative's role in solidifying MDBs' commitment to enhanced collaboration.
MDBs play a crucial role in debt-for-nature swaps by providing crucial guarantees and mitigating risks. Their involvement makes the swaps more attractive to investors, driving down borrowing costs and ultimately generating resources for conservation projects.

EU Diplomats Urge Continued “Positive Spirit” At COP 28

Updated 19:09h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

European diplomats are cautiously optimistic following the first five days of COP 28, urging their counterparts to capitalize on the “positive spirit” that has prevailed so far.
Valvanera Ulargui, a representative of Spain's EU presidency, praised the constructive atmosphere.
“...it shows that multilateralism is able to respond when it is needed.”
Top European Commission negotiator, Jacob Werksman, commended the UAE as an “incredible host,” highlighting the importance of a well-organized platform for these critical discussions. However, he expressed concern that protracted negotiations over loss and damage – the concept of compensating developing nations for climate-induced harm – could derail progress on other crucial issues.
Werksman acknowledged the first-day deal on establishing a dedicated fund for this purpose, viewing it as a positive step that “got the summit off to a good start.” He emphasized the need to maintain momentum and translate this early goodwill into concrete action.
This stance reflects a broader sense of cautious optimism within the corridors of COP 28. While acknowledging the monumental task ahead, delegates appear emboldened by the collaborative spirit and early signs of progress. As the summit enters its second week, all eyes will be on whether this momentum can be sustained and ultimately translated into meaningful outcomes for our planet.

Aramco CEO Advocates For Continued Oil Investment At COP 28

Updated 18:03h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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WEF

The CEO of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, threw shade at the progress of renewable energy during a panel on the sidelines of COP 28. He claimed that despite the surge in renewable energy entering the market, it's not yet enough to handle the ever-growing global energy demand.
Nasser, head honcho of the world's largest oil company, didn't stop there. He doubled down, advocating for continued investment in the oil and gas sector. This comes across as a jab at the ongoing energy transition efforts, where renewables are often touted as the knight in shining armor to combat climate change.
While acknowledging the rise of renewables, Nasser seems to be suggesting they're not ready for prime time. He believes they haven't yet reached the maturity needed to handle the full weight of global energy needs. This raises questions: is he downplaying the potential of renewables, or simply highlighting the reality of their current limitations?
It's important to remember that Aramco has a vested interest in the continued dominance of oil and gas. As a major player in the fossil fuel industry, their profits are heavily tied to the very resources they're now claiming are indispensable. So, Nasser's comments could be interpreted as self-serving, an attempt to protect his company's bottom line amidst a changing energy landscape.

UK Opposition Leader Pledges To Undo Sunak's “Climate Damage”

Updated 17:39h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
Keir Starmer
Keir Starmer

British opposition leader Keir Starmer is making the most of the UK's tarnished climate credentials, using COP 28 as a platform to meet global leaders and solidify his image as a “prime minister-in-waiting.”
With a looming election next year and polls predicting a Labour victory, Starmer used his two-day Dubai visit to hold climate and diplomatic talks with heavyweights like Qatar's Emir, Jordan's King, and Brazil's president. Even UN chief Antonio Guterres and US climate envoy John Kerry lent him their time.
While such summit invites aren't uncommon for opposition leaders, COP 28 presents a unique opportunity. Politicians are grappling with the dual challenge of combating climate change and financing the hefty green transition. This tension is palpable in the UK. London's recent low-emission zone rollout and Prime Minister Sunak's September rollback of green policies are stark examples.
Capitalizing on this discord, Starmer, who enjoys a comfortable 20-point lead in the polls, outstayed Sunak by a day at COP 28. He pledged to restore Britain's global standing and reverse the “dithering and climate damage” inflicted by Sunak's government.
“While the Conservatives use it (net zero) to appease their party and sow political division, my Labour government will harness it in the national interest, to turbocharge growth...”
Starmer's message resonated. He met with investors managing over $2 trillion, discussing his economic growth plans. With the UK's climate record under scrutiny and an election on the horizon, Starmer is presenting himself as the antidote to the Conservatives' “green dithering.” Whether his promises translate into votes remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: he's not letting this opportunity to seize the green mantle go to waste.

Canada, Brazil, Egypt To Announce New Methane Regulations

Updated 16:54h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

According to Reuters, Canada, Brazil, and Egypt are set to announce new methane regulations today. This comes as countries participating in the Global Methane Pledge, a voluntary initiative to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030, are now required to outline their implementation plans.
The announcement by these three countries, representing diverse regions and economies, signifies a significant step forward in tackling methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a warming impact 80 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
“...what we are seeing at COP28 is a pivot to implementation”
- Rick Duke, US Deputy Special Envoy For Climate Change
With 155 countries already signed up to the Global Methane Pledge, the focus now turns to how these nations will translate their commitments into tangible reductions. Canada, Brazil, and Egypt's upcoming regulations are expected to provide valuable insights and inspire similar actions from others.
The specific details of the regulations are yet to be revealed, but they are likely to address key methane sources like oil and gas production, waste management, and agriculture. These sectors are responsible for a significant portion of global methane emissions, and their effective regulation is crucial to achieving the ambitious goals of the Global Methane Pledge.

Abu Dhabi Unveils “Net-Zero” Mosque Project

Updated 16:00h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
Masdar City
Masdar City

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi's hub for sustainable innovation, has announced a landmark project: “a net-zero energy mosque.” This 2,349-square-meter space, designed to accommodate 1,300 worshippers, aims to set a new standard for environmentally responsible religious architecture. Generating its own energy through a 1,590-square-meter rooftop solar panel system.
“We have designed and created several net-zero energy projects, but this one has particular significance for us and for me personally—particularly given we’re announcing it during COP28...It will be more than a gathering place, a community hub, or a place of worship. It will take people on a cultural, spiritual, and environmental journey, serving as a powerful symbol of our commitment as responsible stewards of the earth. This mosque is our gift to the community.”
- Mohamed Al Breiki, Masdar City's Sustainability Director
Rammed earth, chosen for its cost-effectiveness and insulative properties, forms the core of the mosque's structure. Tiered windows on the roof bathe the space in natural light, while outdoor colonnades offer shaded havens for reflection and gathering.
“The rammed earth provides outstanding insulation, helping to keep hot air out and cool air in while also fostering a sense of place and belonging. It’s also cost-effective...A series of tiered, operable windows on the ceiling will help inspire wonder and reverence for worshippers while also creating a natural ventilation system that will make air conditioning optional in the winter months...”
- Lutz Wilgen, Masdar City’s Head of Design

Under Pressure Al Jaber Tries To Mend Fences After Fossil Fuel Comments

Updated 14:58h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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For the last 12 hours, the COP 28 President, Sultan Al Jaber, has faced tough questions after comments he made about fossil fuels sparked controversy. Various climate scientists have even called for his resignation as COP President. In an impromptu press conference, a few minutes ago, Al Jaber attempted to clarify his position and deflect criticism, insisting he respects “the science” and is committed to tackling climate change.
Al Jaber's earlier comment on fossil fuels, reported by the Guardian, contradicted the established scientific consensus that a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C. He claimed there was “no science” behind demands for a complete phaseout, sending shockwaves through the climate conference. The Guardian “leak” was from a recorded session hosted by Mary Robinson, former Irish president.
Facing mounting pressure, Al Jaber took center stage, defending his record and the progress made at COP 28. He pointed to the ”breakthrough agreement on loss and damage” and efforts to address methane emissions as evidence of his commitment. He also highlighted the billions of dollars pledged in the first days of COP 28.
“In the first four days at Cop28, I believe we have already set a high bar for delivery...There is real hope and optimism that this is a major inflection point and we cannot miss the opportunity. This is our opportunity to deliver a real and tangible paradigm shift that will course correct and put us on the right track of keeping 1.5C within reach...”
When directly confronted by a reporter, Al Jaber claimed his words were “misinterpreted.” He declared his “incredible respect” for the science and attributed his career success to his engineering background and “passion for science.”
“Let’s just clarify where I stand on the science…I honestly think there is some confusion out there and misrepresentation. Let me first introduce myself to you. I’m an engineer by background. It’s the science and my respect for the science and my conviction for the science and the passion for the science that have allowed me to progress in my career.”
He acknowledged the need for a “phase-down and phase-out” of fossil fuels but insisted it must be ”orderly, fair, just, and responsible.”
“...and we need to make that happen to keep 1.5’C within reach.”
Al Jaber accused some media outlets of “undermining” his message, suggesting a deliberate attempt to derail his presidency. He urged “everyone to focus on the progress” made and the shared goal of tackling climate change.
“I am quite surprised with the constant and repeated attempts to undermine the work of the COP 28 Presidency...”
Whether Al Jaber's explanation will quell the controversy remains to be seen. His dual role as an oil chief and COP 28 president has always been a point of contention, and his comments have only fueled concerns about potential conflicts of interest. While Al Jaber may have bought himself some time with his press conference, the road ahead for COP 28 will undoubtedly be bumpier. He must navigate a delicate path between placating the fossil fuel industry and delivering on the urgent demands of climate science. Only time will tell if he can truly mend fences and steer the conference towards a meaningful outcome.

IMF Urges For Higher Carbon Prices To Drive Decarbonization

Updated 14:45h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is advocating for a significant increase in carbon pricing as the most effective tool to accelerate global decarbonization efforts. Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva made this clear today while speaking at the “Global Climate Action Through Fostering Sustainable Finance” panel.
“...We are very keen to give the biggest possible incentive for decarbonisation, which is putting a price on carbon. That price needs to go up, up, up if we are to speed up decarbonisation...”
The IMF's stance aligns with growing recognition that carbon pricing, when implemented effectively, can incentivize businesses and individuals to shift towards cleaner alternatives. By making polluters pay for the environmental costs of their emissions, it levels the playing field, encouraging investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other low-carbon solutions.

UAE Banks Pledge $200 Billion In Green Finance

Updated 14:16h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

Banks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have committed to mobilizing $200 billion (1 trillion dirhams) in green finance. This announcement was made on today, during the dedicated finance day at COP 28. The pledge comes amidst a growing chorus of commitments made at COP 28, ranging from ambitious renewable energy goals to supporting sustainable agricultural practices.
Abdul Aziz Al Ghurai, chair of the UAE Banking Federation, proudly declared this as a “landmark commitment” that aligns with the nation's climate ambitions.
The details of how these funds will be allocated are yet to be revealed, but the possibilities are vast. From financing renewable energy projects to supporting the development of green technologies, this $200 billion has the potential to create a ripple effect of positive change across various sectors.

France and Japan Step Up To Support African Development Bank's Climate Push

Updated 14:01h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

France and Japan have pledged their support for the African Development Bank's (AfDB) ambitious plan to leverage International Monetary Fund (IMF) Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) for climate and development initiatives across Africa. This move marks a crucial step in unlocking much-needed resources for vulnerable nations on the frontlines of the climate crisis.
SDRs, essentially rainy-day reserves held by the IMF, have rarely been tapped, but the COVID-19 pandemic prompted their limited use. Now, the AfDB sees an opportunity to channel these reserves into climate action, potentially quadrupling their impact. By acting as an intermediary, the bank would on-lend SDRs to developing countries, bolstering their climate finance efforts.
This initiative aligns perfectly with the growing chorus of voices calling for a reformed multilateral financial system that prioritizes climate action and supports developing nations. The Africa Climate Summit in September 2023 resonated with this sentiment, with African leaders demanding concrete measures, including SDR channeling through the AfDB, to address the continent's unique climate vulnerabilities.
France and Japan's leadership in backing this plan is a positive sign, injecting momentum into a critical discussion. Their support could pave the way for other developed nations to join the effort, creating a substantial pool of resources for Africa's climate endeavors.
The success of this initiative hinges on several factors. Firstly, a minimum of five developed countries need to come together to form the SDR channeling pool. Secondly, clear mechanisms must be established to ensure transparency, accountability, and efficient allocation of funds. Finally, recipient countries must be empowered to utilize the resources in ways that align with their specific climate priorities and development strategies.

UAE Energy Minister: Neglecting The Oil And Gas Industry Could Lead To A “High Pricing Environment”

Updated 13:05h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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MOEI Media Center

The United Arab Emirates' Energy Minister, Suhail al-Mazrouei, has ignited debate at COP 28 with his assertion that ongoing investments in hydrocarbons are crucial to preventing price surges during the shift to clean energy.
Speaking at an event on the sidelines of COP 28, al-Mazrouei warned that neglecting the oil and gas industry could lead to a “high pricing environment” that would hamper the green transition. He argued that hydrocarbon investments are not incompatible with climate goals, but rather a necessary bridge to a sustainable future.
“We are investing way more than what we're investing in oil and gas in renewable energy...If that's not done right, we will hinder the transition with higher commodity prices..”
His comments have sparked mixed reactions. Some advocates view them as a dangerous attempt to backpedal on climate commitments. They argue that continued reliance on fossil fuels will only exacerbate the climate crisis and lock in emissions for years to come.
However, lobbyists point to the current global energy crunch, driven in part by supply chain disruptions and geopolitical tensions, as a cautionary tale. Sudden shifts away from hydrocarbons, they argue, could lead to price volatility and energy insecurity, disproportionately impacting developing nations.

UAE And Bill Gates' TerraPower Sign Deal On Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Updated 12:20h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bill Gates' TerraPower have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the development of advanced nuclear reactors in the UAE and beyond. This collaboration comes at a pivotal moment, as the UAE seeks to expand its clean energy options and the global community pledges to triple nuclear deployment to combat climate change. The UAE, already home to one operational nuclear power plant, sees advanced reactors as a key to its clean energy future.
“For the UAE, we're looking for a future for the clean electrons and molecules that will be brought to reality by advanced reactors...Bringing advanced nuclear technologies to market is critical to meeting global decarbonization targets...”
- Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of United Arab Emirates’ state owned Nuclear Company, ENEC
These advanced reactors hold promise: they're smaller, faster to build, and more adaptable than traditional plants, making them ideal complements to intermittent renewable sources like wind and solar. The MOU outlines potential applications, including storing grid power, producing hydrogen, and decarbonizing heavy industries like steel and aluminum.
However, there's a hitch – TerraPower's reactors rely on a specific fuel called HALEU, currently primarily produced by Russia. While the US seeks to become a HALEU producer, the Ukraine war has caused delays for TerraPower's Wyoming project. Despite this, the company remains optimistic, expecting domestic HALEU production within the decade.

“What To Expect Today?”

Updated 12:00h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

It's “finance day” at COP 28, and while the air may be thick with promises of climate funding, there's a sense of déjà vu. Leaders have been chanting "climate funding!" like a mantra for the last four days. But finance day is not just about money, it's about building a future where the greenest shoots can finally break through the cracks, so today's focus shifts from pronouncements to specifics. Expect a little less fanfare and more plumbing – the nitty-gritty of how to channel green dollars where they're most needed.
But beyond the spreadsheets, tensions simmer. In the negotiation rooms, the fossil fuel question looms large, with countries digging in on their positions. Will COP 28 see a united front against fossil fuels, or will we witness a fractured landscape of conflicting priorities?

“Just Like The Planet, Tensions Are Heating Up In Negotiations”

Updated 11:45h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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Yesterday, behind closed doors, two battles raged. The first, a roar for justice, echoed with the united voices of developing nations. They demanded a “just transition” – not just one, but many, tailored to their unique needs as they embarked on a low-carbon, climate-resilient journey. Their plea resonated, sparking high-level discussions that hinted at a historic breakthrough: a dedicated space for just transitions in the final text, alongside mitigation and adaptation as pillars of climate action.
But another storm brewed. This one, a tense tug-of-war, had forests caught in the crossfire. On one side, nations like Brazil and Indonesia saw carbon markets as a golden ticket. Rich countries, they argued, could pay them to keep their forests standing – buying “carbon credits” for the “swallowed” CO2. This, they claimed, would be a financial lifeline for conservation and a powerful incentive for sustainable land use.
Experts warned of a Pandora's box – a flood of “hot air” trading. Polluters, they feared, could dodge real emission cuts by simply buying credits, gutting the Paris Agreement. Others worried about financial gain trumping environmental protection, with vulnerable communities exploited and “nature commodified.” 

Health Risks From Fossil Fuels And Information Access Topped The Agenda Yesterday

Updated 11:15h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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UNFCCC

Yesterday, the winds of talks blew from three key directions: climate resilience in conflict zones, the health risks of fossil fuels, and the need for accessible climate information.
  • Solidarity In The Face Of Climate-Fueled Conflict: A major breakthrough came with the backing of the UAE declaration on Climate, Relief, Recovery and Peace by 70 states and 39 organizations. This marks a collective commitment to bolstering the resilience of communities already grappling with conflict, fragility, or humanitarian crises, often exacerbated by climate extremes. This is a critical step towards recognizing the complex interplay between climate change and conflict, and addressing both with greater urgency.
  • Health Ministers Sound The Alarm On Fossil Fuels: The air crackled as 50 health ministers stormed the conference, highlighting the dire health consequences of fossil fuel dependence. They called for a phase-out of these dirty fuels, citing the devastating impact of air pollution on respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and even cognitive decline. This powerful message underscores the human cost of our current energy system, urging a shift towards cleaner solutions for the sake of both our planet and our well-being.
  • Climate Information For All: The Earth Information Day Event, explored how to make climate data usable and accessible to all. The focus was on tailoring information to the specific needs of practitioners, communities, and policymakers. This ensures that everyone has the tools they need to understand, prepare for, and respond to climate impacts.

Good Morning!

Updated 11:00h GST/UTC+4 - 4/12/23
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Welcome back to our special live coverage of COP 28! We'll continue to keep you in the loop with real-time updates, expert insights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses. 
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    Looking forward to staying informed on the crucial discussions and outcomes shaping our global response to the climate crisis.

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      The live blogs are really capturing and very interesting

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        Thanks ma'am! You've been so helpful.

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          We appreciate your efforts of keeping us up to par with the events of COP28 Professor

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            Thank you so much for your incredible work in keeping us all up-to date in real time Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui. I really appreciate this live blog!

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              Thanks for the kind words, Ingmar.

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