The agenda’s wording hints at what the UAE presidency regards as an “ambitious outcome” for the end-of-the-year climate summit – a mid-century goal to “phase down” fossil fuels. Will this be sufficient to keep the 1.5°C goal alive?
Accelerating the energy transition might be high on the agendas of Asian governments, but at this week's Energy Asia conference held in Malaysia's capital, oil majors are outrightly saying the world needs more of the fossil fuel.
To make genuine progress on climate change, the engagement of both the oil and gas industry and the Gulf region is essential. COP28 could be a real game-changer, but only if politicians, particularly in Europe, take a clear-eyed approach.
The Covid-19 pandemic showed that industrialized countries can help reduce atmospheric carbon emissions only insofar as they can keep fossil fuel in the ground. Focusing only on reducing their demand will not even put a dent in the problem.
Global efforts involving awareness-raising, nudging, and shaming are necessary but not sufficient to prevent a climate crisis. Addressing the problem more effectively requires international governance arrangements that amount to a new social contract on global public goods.
There Will Be Water documents an engineer's efforts to use seawater and sunlight to grow crops in deserts. The story of cool innovations and hard struggles against systemic barriers is inspiring viewing for all sustainability advocates.