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What is at Stake in the United Arab Emirates? The Oil Country Hosts the Climate Summit C0P28

A little over a week ago the Earth crossed another critical threshold. For the first time, on November 17, it reached a (surface air) temperature 2.07 °C above pre-industrial levels (that is, the average temperature of the planet before the extensive use of fossil fuels).

On Saturday the 18th, the limit was exceeded once again, with 2.06 °C. And everything indicates that 2023 will be the warmest year on record.

“Humanity is breaking all the wrong records when it comes to climate change… And the world still fails to reduce emissions,” warned a few days ago in the most recent report of the United Nations Environment Office. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reached unprecedented levels, the world experienced its three hottest consecutive months, and on more than 86 days, the planet exceeded the average temperature by 1.5°C.

Starting next Thursday, the most important annual meeting on climate change will take place: COP28, in the United Arab Emirates. An easy-to-remember name for the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as that event is officially called.

At Expo City Dubai, a huge convention center in the south of the city, more than 70,000 people from the 198 territories that signed that convention will gather, in a new effort to raise ambition and urgently confront the climate crisis. These will be some of the key issues in the negotiations.

This is a summary. Read the full story in Spanish on El Espectador's website.

This story was produced as part of the 2023 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Spanish by El Espectador on 26 November 2023.

Banner image: A sign for the UN Climate Change conference / Credit: EFE - BENJAMIN WESTHOFF.