| 24 February 2024, Saturday |

COP28: Head of UN talks hits back at climate denial claims

The president of the UN climate talks, Sultan al-Jaber, responds to accusations of denying climate science, clarifying his position on the role of fossil fuels in achieving the 1.5C target.

During the COP28 summit in Dubai, he emphasized respect for science and expressed surprise at attempts to undermine the conference’s work.

Despite previous comments, he now acknowledges the inevitability of phasing down and out fossil fuels.

Professor Jim Skea, chair of the IPCC, reaffirms the scientific consensus that fossil fuel reduction is crucial to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Mr Jaber also referred to suggestions that he had been ill-tempered with Ms Robinson, the host of the November event.

“I had a conversation with someone I have a great deal of respect for,” he said.