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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?
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Drought conditions and a lack of response systems have led to a locust outbreak that threatens a quarter of Afghanistan’s annual wheat harvest.
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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.
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Foreign workers say blockchain services offer a better way to send money home - but are they leaving themselves vulnerable to losses?
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Middle East Opinion

Dr Sultan Al Jaber_Bonn

Policy & Finance

A pragmatic COP?

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.
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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.
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Clean energy alternatives are a crucial hedge against future disruptions in global commodity markets.
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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.
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The emirate says the world's largest mall will be built as a smart city following environmentally-friendly guidelines, but experts and observers voice concerns on the ambitious nature of the project.
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