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The week around the world in 20 pictures

The continuing war between Israel and Hamas, floods in Chennai, missile strikes in Kharkiv and naked activists in Barcelona: the last seven days, as captured by the world’s leading photojournalists Warning: this gallery contains images that some readers may find distressing Continue reading…

Cop28: highlights and lowlights so far

An update on the first half of the UN climate conference in Dubai, including shock over the host president’s comments A summary of some of the news from the first half of the Cop28 UN climate conference in Dubai, including a spectacular row about the host president’s remarks on the science of fossil fuels, negotiations […]

Visualised: how all of G20 is missing climate goals — but some nations are closer than others

As world leaders gather at Cop28, these charts show how far away the major economies are from their targets Not a single G20 country has policies in place that are consistent with the Paris agreement’s goal of limiting global heating to 1.5C and meeting their “fair share” of emissions reduction. The assessment, based on data […]

Cop28 is a farce rigged to fail, but there are other ways we can try to save the planet | George Monbiot

Inaction and self-interest are built into climate summits. Instead, we need a voting system that can’t be subverted by fossil fuel producers Let’s face it: climate summits are broken. The delegates talk and talk, while Earth systems slide towards deadly tipping points. Since the climate negotiations began in 1992 more carbon dioxide from burning fossil […]

After Cop28, know this: Sunak and his rightwing allies around the world have no interest in saving our planet | Diyora Shadijanova

When Tories row back on previous climate pledges, they are merely marching in lockstep with extreme parties across Europe Not only did Rishi Sunak spend more time travelling to Cop28 on his private jet than attending the conference itself, he also delivered a speech at the Dubai summit doubling down on the decision to abandon […]

The Cop28 president told a shocking lie about fossil fuels – and he’s wrong about climate economics too | Geoffrey Lean

Sultan Al Jaber’s claim that green policies damage economic growth is wrong and highly damaging For months Sultan Al Jaber, the president of the Cop28 climate negotiations in Dubai, has been insisting that there is no conflict with his day job, chief executive of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) state oil company. Instead, he argued, […]