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These are the top 5 priorities at the COP28

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As delegates gather in the United Arab Emirates for the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), five key priorities top the agenda. These priorities reflect the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold action to secure a livable future for all.

COP28 is taking stock of progress

COP28 marks a pivotal moment: the first-ever global stocktake. This comprehensive assessment will evaluate the world's collective progress towards the Paris Agreement's goals. It's a chance to identify gaps, celebrate successes, and chart a course for the next five years of climate action.

The stocktake's insights will be crucial in shaping future national climate plans, ensuring we stay on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Fossil fuels: Phase out or not?

A contentious issue at COP28 will be the future of fossil fuels. While many advocate for a complete phase-out, others remain hesitant. The lack of concrete agreements at COP27 and the G20 fuels the debate.

Finding a balance between achieving ambitious climate goals and ensuring a just transition for fossil fuel-dependent communities will be a delicate task.

Carbon capture and beyond

Countries like the UAE, COP28's host, are pushing for technological solutions like carbon capture and storage (CCS) to tackle emissions. Scaling up CCS could be a game-changer, but concerns about its feasibility and potential environmental risks linger.

Experts emphasize that CCS should complement, not replace, aggressive emissions reductions and renewable energy investments.

Financing the climate crisis

The climate crisis is already inflicting heavy costs, particularly on developing nations. Establishing a loss and damage fund to support vulnerable countries facing irreversible climate impacts is a key discussion point at COP28.

While the need is undeniable, the vast sums required and differing perspectives on responsibility will make reaching an agreement difficult.

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