Wednesday, May 3, 2023

What to Expect at the Next UN Climate Change Conference

Greetings from the brand new ANU Research School of Physics auditorium, where Emirati Minister Reem Al Hashimy, host for the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP28), and a panel of experts are speaking on what to expect from the event. We are under the Chatham House rule, so I can't say who says what. 

One thing which struck me about the discussion was that trade and innovation featured prominently. This is a better approach than gloom and doom: we can, instead, at least in part, grow our way out of disaster. COP28 will be aiming to keep the 1.5 degree warming target. But the developed world having grown wealthy from carbon pollution can't tell the rest of the world they have to remain poor for the good of the planet.

One of the participants commented that the UN process was at best obsolete, but we have to make the best of it. Having a global meeting is not fun. The green (civil society) and blue (officials) zones will be colocated at COP28.

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