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UK minister departs Cop28 as climate talks reach crisis point

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK Minister of State for Climate Change, Graham Stuart, left the COP28 climate talks in Dubai amidst ongoing negotiations
• His departure to resume parliamentary duties in London comes at a critical juncture, with countries in disagreement over fossil fuel policies in the draft agreement

🔭 The context: The COP28 summit faces crisis with a draft deal being rejected by numerous countries
• The text suggests reducing fossil fuel consumption and production but lacks a binding obligation, prompting strong objections from the EU, UK, and others

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This development at COP28 underscores the complexities and high stakes in global climate negotiations
• The UK's position and leadership, especially on fossil fuel phase-out, are seen as crucial in reaching a consensus to combat climate change effectively

⏭️ What's next: Negotiations continue with no clear end in sight
• Countries remain divided over the draft text's approach to fossil fuels, with some advocating for a phase-out and others for a phase-down

💬 One quote: "This is an outrageous dereliction of leadership at the most critical point during this conference." (Rebecca Newsom, Greenpeace)


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