An oil exec, a climate crisis, and reparations: what’s going down at the United Nations summit in Dubai

World leaders will debate a possible phase-out of fossil fuels during a United Nations climate conference in Dubai from November 30th to December 12th. With an oil baron presiding over the summit, the negotiations are sure to get heated. Countries hardest hit by climate-fueled disasters, meanwhile, are pushing for reparations through a fund for “loss and damage” and more financing to help communities adapt to new extremes.COP28 UNFCCC Climate Conference: Opening Day

COP28 UNFCCC Climate Conference: Opening Day

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Tens of thousands of negotiators, activists, and corporate execs have descended upon Dubai to wrangle over the future of fossil fuels. Namely, should they even have a future? Can governments broker a deal to phase out the oil, coal, and gas causing climate change? Countries have already suffered deep losses as a result of the fires, floods, and other disasters intensifying with climate change. They want the biggest, heaviest-polluting nations to do something about it. And they’ll be making their case at a conference presided over by an oil baron.

Those are some of the hot topics on the table at the United Nations climate conference that kicks off in Dubai on November 30th. It’s called COP28, because it’s the 28th annual “Conference of the Parties” — made up of 197 nations and territories that ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

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