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Cop28: what could the climate conference achieve?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: According to a new scientific study, 2024 could mark the peak of global greenhouse gas emissions, contingent on sustained growth in renewable energy and decisive action to reduce emissions like methane
• This optimistic scenario is dependent on numerous factors, including consistent renewable energy development and global policy efforts.

🔭 The context: Carbon emissions have been on a steady rise since the industrial revolution, with temporary declines only during major crises  
• In 2022, carbon dioxide emissions reached their highest level ever, underscoring the significant challenge in reversing this upward trajectory.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The potential peaking of emissions is significant for the upcoming Cop28 UN summit in Dubai 
• Key discussions will focus on transitioning to renewable energy, reducing methane emissions, and mobilizing climate finance for developing countries, all critical for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C.

⏭️ What's next: The Cop28 summit will concentrate on reducing reliance on fossil fuels, enhancing renewable energy deployment, and effectively managing methane emissions  
• Success will hinge on international cooperation, technological progress, and strong political commitment from major emitting countries.

💬 One quote: "This [potential peak] would represent a momentous moment for climate policy," states Joeri Rogelj, a professor at Imperial College London

📈 One stat: Methane emissions are rising rapidly, partly from oil and gas operations; cutting methane could reduce global temperature rises by nearly 0.3C, which is significant for climate change mitigation

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