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After U.N. meeting, countries brace for COP28 fossil fuel fight

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🗞️ Driving the news: The upcoming COP28 summit in Dubai sees nations divided over fossil fuel phase-out strategies, with climate-vulnerable countries pleading for a transition to renewables and others considering emissions-capturing technologies
• The summit is crucial for accelerating global action against climate change, but disagreements reveal the significant challenges in establishing a universal approach

🔭 The context: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres emphasizes the urgency of the climate crisis, describing humanity's heating of the planet as opening "the gates to hell" 
• The ongoing debates and differing interests in the use of unabated fossil fuels and emissions-capturing technologies reveal the complexity of reaching a global consensus

🌎 Why it matters for the planet: The persistent divisions underline the precarious balance between environmental preservation and economic interests, and the outcomes of COP28 have paramount implications for global climate action strategies
• A universal commitment to mitigating fossil fuel use is pivotal for a sustainable future and combating the escalating threats of climate change

⏭️ What's next: The deliberations and the potential agreements or disagreements arising from COP28 will significantly shape the global approach to fossil fuels and climate action, while the current dialogues emphasize the critical necessity for collaborative resolutions

💬 One quote: "It's not that this is going to happen tomorrow... But we need to ensure that we are creating the conditions to make this possible" (Teresa Ribera, Spain's Climate Minister)

📈 One stat: Without extensive measures, the Earth is poised to exceed the global target of 1.5 degrees Celsius warming within 10-15 years, underscoring the imperative need for immediate and substantive actions against fossil fuel use

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