War in the Middle East jeopardizes climate talks

An Israeli firefighter kneels to compose himself Monday after he and his colleagues extinguished cars set on fire by a rocket shot from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, Israel. Ohad Zwigenberg/AP


– Ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas could complicate upcoming climate talks in the United Arab Emirates.

– The conflict may strain relations between nations with fragile alliances and create a race to secure energy resources instead of reducing carbon emissions.

– Geopolitical tensions could hinder climate negotiations and discussions on reducing fossil fuel production and use.

– Rising oil and gas prices due to conflict may affect climate action and delay the transition away from fossil fuels.

– The U.S. faces the challenge of deciding whether to tighten sanctions on Iran, which may affect global oil supplies.

– The UAE remains focused on addressing climate change, even as the conflict unfolds, with the COP 28 climate talks scheduled for late November.

– The UAE may compartmentalize the conflict and climate talks, focusing on climate adaptation and vulnerable populations’ responses to rising temperatures.

– The extent of the U.S.’s involvement in the conflict could impact its ability to garner support for climate action.

– Humanitarian aid needs may compete with climate assistance, as countries struggle to meet previous promises on climate finance.

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