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Cop27: another hit at 1.5C?

At COP27 in Egypt, negotiations took place 40 hours after the Friday evening deadline. Country delegates were able to agree a landmark deal on loss and damage, but less progress has been made on global fossil fuel emissions targets

The Guardian’s environment correspondent, Fiona Harvey, attended 16 COPs, and found the atmosphere of COP27 in Egypt particularly tense. “They’re not normally that bad,” she says Hannah Moore. “We have a pretty dreadful geopolitical situation in the world right now.” With countries grappling with war in Ukraine, the food price crisis and the Covid pandemic, the stage was set for a tough negotiation.

Developing countries have argued for decades that there should be financial support to help them rebuild physical and social infrastructure in the event of a climate disaster. After tense discussions, a fund for loss and damage was finally agreed. However, delegates were unable to reinforce their commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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