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How a single word could hold up global talks to save the planet

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By illuminem briefings 🌎

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🗞️ Driving the news: At COP28, discussions over the precise language used in climate agreements have come into sharp focus
• A key debate centers around whether to phase "down" or "out" fossil fuels, with significant implications for global climate policy and market signals

🔭 The context: The choice of words in climate negotiations carries weight, reflecting commitments and influencing global actions
• The dispute over semantics reflects deeper tensions about the pace and extent of transitioning away from fossil fuels

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The language used in climate agreements affects real-world outcomes, including investments in fossil fuels and public health impacts
• A decision to phase out fossil fuels could have significant health benefits and send strong signals to markets, potentially accelerating the transition to cleaner energy

⏭️ What's next: As COP28 advances, the outcome of these language debates will determine the true impact of the conference

💬 One quote: "A phaseout of fossil fuels would have tremendous positive health outcomes." (Jos Lelieveld, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry)


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