Posts Categorized: Climate Change

COP28 Wrap Up

The provisional total for the 28th Conference on the Parties (COP28) suggests that 97,372 delegates registered to attend the summit in person. With a further 3,074 attending virtually, this takes the overall total to 100,446. These numbers easily make the Dubai event the largest COP in history. The first climate COP – held in Berlin… Read more »

Food and Agriculture at COP28

Several major announcements were made during Food, Agriculture and Water Day at COP28, demonstrating that many stakeholders and individual governments are committed to taking bold food-based climate action and restoring critical freshwater ecosystems. Joao Campari, Global Food Practice Leader,  from the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) said: “Food systems transformation has certainly been a core agenda item at… Read more »

COP28 Pledges Not Enough to Limit Warming to 1.5C

A draft  of the new commitments out of COP28 climate summit will not be enough on their own to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), as the talks headed into the final phase. So far, 130 countries have agreed to triple renewables and double the… Read more »

Interfaith Liaison Committee call to COP28

As previously mentioned here, on November 30, 2023, the first day of COP28- the UN climate conference- in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, people of faith, including members of the PC(USA) COP delegation gathered at Christ Church, Jebal Ali, to hold a Talanoa dialogue, helping to define the call from people of faith to COP28.8 December… Read more »

COP28 Reaches Midpoint

Despite a commendable start of COP28 with the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund, the first week at COP28 ended yesterday with a stall on some of the most critical issues. Negotiators from the almost 200 countries gathered in Dubai are handing over their work to their countries’ ministers for the next stage in… Read more »

Vulnerability and Climate Finance

Group of protestors at COP28 hold blue Loss and Damage signs By Niko Humalisto, originally appeared here. The distribution of the $100-billion-dollar climate finance commitment sparks competition among developing countries vying to be primary recipients of support. Notably, many African least developed countries (LDCs) haven’t received aid from the key UN fund for climate action. Prioritising these limited finances for actions yielding the most benefits aligns with the… Read more »

Loss and damage in the Horn of Africa- A COP28 Reflection

By Vincent Ondieki, originally appearing here. The World Meteorological Organization reports that increasing temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns, and more extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food and water security, and socio-economic development in the Horn of Africa. They further note that climate variability and climate change are major obstacles to… Read more »

Fossil fuel phase-out on the table at COP28

Countries at the COP28 climate conference are considering calling for a formal phase-out of fossil fuels as part of the U.N. summit’s final deal to tackle global warming, a draft negotiating text seen on Tuesday shows. (To track negotiation drafts texts at COP28 click here.)DECEMBER 5: General view of “Don’t Fuel The Fire: Fossil Fuels Phase Out”… Read more »

Blue or Green? COP Zones

For those not familiar with the UNFCC and COP structure and process, the language to talk about the event can be confusing. Even our delegation is learning there’s always so much to learn at every new new COP since they are held each year in a new country! One thing they have in common is… Read more »

COP28 in the news

There are lots of stories in the news right now about the happenings of COP28 in Dubai. Here are five that caught our attention today! 1) Over 40 million health professionals demand bold health and climate action at COP283 December 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A group of doctors and nurses gather to speak up… Read more »