Source: Houston Chronicle
After going into overtime negotiations, a historic agreement by delegates from more than 200 countries attending the annual U.N. Climate Change Conference made global headlines last week for referencing the need for a transition “away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner.”
As my fellow climate and community advocates, including many who joined me at COP28 to push for a fossil fuel phase out, were quick to point out, the agreement in Dubai was simultaneously groundbreaking and not nearly enough to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, or even to keep the world under 1.5 degrees of warming.
What’s more, the agreement leaves giant loopholes for costly emissions reduction technologies that are unproven at best and that more likely will increase dangerous pollution.