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# Cop28

Yesterday
5th December 2023
World could breach 1.5C warming threshold in the next seven years, study warns
The latest draft agreement from COP28 has the clause to do nothing to phase out fossil fuels.
This week
3rd December 2023 - 6th December 2023
COP28 president defends position on science of phasing out fossil fuels
COP28 president Sultan Al Jaber is under heat for comments he made about the justifications for cutting fossil fuels.
'Some of us couldn't leave Gaza': The Palestinians fighting for climate in face of Israel's 'violations'
“We had lots of initiatives from youth and from women who were going to talk about their work here – but they can’t leave Gaza.”
Ryan to remain at COP28 after SocDems TD offers to pair with him for McEntee confidence vote
He will not need to return to the Dáil and then fly back to Dubai, as initially suggested.
Ireland to develop carbon capture but 'can't use that as cover' for fossil fuels - Climate Minister
Minister Eamon Ryan has said Ireland will need to look into carbon capture and storage — a controversial technology.
Behind the scenes, climate talks tussle with world falling far short of sticking to Paris Agreement
'Profound responsibility on our shoulders': Taoiseach pledges €25 million to climate damage fund
Green Party leader would 'prefer' to stay at COP28 but 'democracy comes first' for Dáil vote
The Green Party leader and Minister for Transport will have to travel home from Dubai for the vote – he will then fly back out to the event.
Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Behind the scenes, climate talks tussle with world falling far short of sticking to Paris Agreement
Read an extract from The Journal’s climate newsletter sent from the ground at COP28.
'Profound responsibility on our shoulders': Taoiseach pledges €25 million to climate damage fund
'Profound responsibility on our shoulders': Taoiseach pledges €25 million to climate damage fund
Leo Varadkar has told the World Climate Action Summit at COP28 that countries must “rise to the challenge” of the climate crisis.
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
No plans for Ireland to commit to further cuts in methane emissions at COP28 - Taoiseach
Varadkar said current targets need to be met before the government could be “serious and honest” about upping ambition.
Eamon Ryan: 'If we crack energy, we can crack climate'
The Minister for Transport, Climate, Environment & Communications says polluters need to pay up.
Millions pledged to new climate damage fund amid warning 2023 to break 'cacophony' of weather records
A long-awaited loss and damage fund has been officially signed off at COP28 in Dubai.
'Most important in years': Taoiseach heads to Dubai for COP28 climate change conference
Varadkar said Ireland in particular has a lot of opportunities when it comes to renewable energy.
Loss and damage: The complicated quest to help countries hit hardest by the climate crisis
A report by
Lauren Boland
A two-week UN conference starting today faces important decisions about setting up a new fund to support developing countries affected by climate change.
Opinion: The speeding climate train will have catastrophic implications for billions
Karol Balfe says not doing anything on climate change is no longer an option as COP28 kicks off.
Met Éireann says Ireland on track to have ‘warmest year on record’ -- and maybe the wettest
Data about Ireland’s climate so far in 2023 spells another record-breaking year.
Explainer: China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter
Questions and Answers about China’s emissions and climate plans.
Irish government to push for fossil fuel companies to 'pay their way' at UN climate conference
The Irish delegation at COP28 will call for phasing out fossil fuels, building renewable energy sources, and helping vulnerable countries.
Pope Francis cancels trip to Dubai for COP28 climate talks on doctors’ orders after getting flu
Pope Francis was expected to use the platform to castigate countries for a lack of action on climate change.
The COP28 climate summit is about to kick off - sign up for our newsletter
Temperature Check, The Journal’s climate newsletter, will be sending special day-to-day editions from the ground in Dubai.
'I think it's not going to be an easy COP' - world prepares for UN summit
A report by
Lauren Boland and Jane Moore
Here’s everything you need to know about the COP28 conference starting in Dubai this week.
Last month
November 2023
Gas and oil industry faces ‘moment of truth’ ahead of COP28, report states
The report says the industry’s emissions need to drop by 60% by 2030 to keep global warning to an increase of 1.5 degrees “within reach”.
COP28 turns attention to potent methane emissions, as UN warns about rising temperatures
The crucial summit will start in Dubai next week.
Developed countries to be 'urged' to contribute to fund to fight impacts of climate change
An agreement on a new ‘loss and damage fund’ was reached this weekend, but developing countries had to make concessions for a deal to be reached.
Countries divided over China's role as climate victim or polluter at talks ahead of COP28
Eamon Ryan was among 70 ministers who attended pre-COP28 talks in Abu Dhabi this week.
This year
2023
'The polluter must pay': Ryan hits out at oil giant Saudi Arabia spending millions on football
The Minister will attend meetings in Abu Dhabi this weekend ahead of COP28 in Dubai in December.
Climate 'countdown clock' report launched ahead of key UN talks
“In a rational world, it should be ringing alarm bells.”
Emissions of Abu Dhabi oil company owned by COP28 President to increase more than 40% by 2030
“This Jekyll and Hyde presidency of crucial climate negotiations is now a critical concern,” an analyst said
Ex-UN climate chief has 'lost patience' with fossil fuel industry
“Instead of applying their amazing engineering capacity, they’ve been doing the opposite.”
Major climate summit attendees asked to disclose affiliations after anger over fossil fuel lobbying
More than 600 fossil fuel lobbyists attended COP27 in Egypt last November, sparking concerns about the industry’s sway over climate policy.
Focus must be on lower emissions, says heavily criticised UAE's climate talks leader
Sultan Al Jaber’s appointment earlier this week to head COP28 drew fierce criticism from environmental activists.
Appointment of UAE oil chief to head COP28 climate talks blasted by climate activists
One campaign group said it posed “an outrageous conflict of interest”.