While “ambitious” countries made few new announcements, the US, China, India and the UK had not offered enough to even sit in the room
Only five of the G20 major economies made the cut for Antonio Guterres’ Climate Ambition Summit in New York, despite pressure from big powers
Brazil will go back to the climate targets it drew up in 2015 while it works on new and improved ones
Small island states have asked the world’s maritime tribunal to clarify state obligations on climate change, which could be influential for other courts.
Peer-reviewed research by Climate Central found 98% of people worldwide experienced temperatures heightened by climate pollution June-August
The 2030 target is one of several contentious proposals at negotiations in the Dominican Republic this week over a new loss and damage fund
Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is failing to cut emissions in the transport and building sector, a report by government climate advisers shows.
Cop28 president, Sultan Al Jaber and UN climate change boss, Simon Stiell, had called on G20 countries to show leadership and deliver ambitious emissions cuts.
In an open letter to the G20, climate ministers from 14 countries outline key actions ahead of COP28, including a fossil fuel phase out.
At Cop28 the EU wants governments to agree on more renewables and a faster phase out of fossil fuels with a “residual” role for carbon capture technologies
The EU’s interpretation of a global renewables target is less ambitious than the Cop28 presidency’s and incompatible with the Paris agreement
The UK won friends and influence as Cop president, its not in its interest to throw that all away by abandoning its climate ambition
The UN didn’t get all the money it wanted for its climate programmes, leaving it reliant on the whims of wealthy donor nations
Coal lobbyists have defended industry interests, met with politicians and delayed climate legislation in South Africa.
In fraught nations, developing countries wanted to focus on specific targets, while developed nations only wanted to talk about structure
A group of developing countries wouldn’t talk about emissions cuts without talking about finance – but developed countries refused to accept that