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Agreements At COP28 But Key Problems Remain Untouched

China’s special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua addressed the COP28 UN climate conference in Dubai on November 2, 2023. Image via CGTN.

China supported some key agreements unveiled at the COP28 climate gathering in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, over the weekend. However, it refused to join a popular decarbonization pledge, showing that key disputes remain unresolved.

The early agreements include the Oil & Gas Decarbonization Charter, signed by the 50 fossil fuel companies responsible for the production of 40% of the world’s oil. The agreement would address the methane pollution associated with the oil industry but leaves the environmental impact of burning their products unaddressed.

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