An oil exec, a climate crisis, and reparations: what’s going down at the United Nations summit in Dubai

COP28 logo on the opening day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 30, 2023. | Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Will there be a future for fossil fuels? How much money do the most polluting countries owe the rest of the world? That’s all on the table at the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway in Dubai.

World leaders will debate a possible phase-out of fossil fuels during a United Nations climate conference in Dubai from November 30th to December 12th. With an oil baron presiding over the summit, the negotiations are sure to get heated. Countries hardest hit by climate-fueled disasters, meanwhile, are pushing for reparations through a fund for “loss and damage” and more financing to help communities adapt to new extremes.

The stakes are high at the summit, dubbed COP28 because it’s the 28th “Conference of the Parties,” a meeting of 197 nations and territories that ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Whatever is decided in Dubai will have consequences for the whole world. The Verge is tracking how the negotiations play out; stay tuned.

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