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COP28: An evaluation of its results
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held its 28th Conference of Parties, better known as COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from November 30 to December 13, 2023. In his closing remarks, Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, said that although the fossil fuel era did not end in Dubai, the agreement reached there represents the beginning of its end, and it is now up to national governments and companies to make it an urgent mission to turn these commitments into real economic results. The official closing statement affirms that things are looking up: the days are numbered for the cause of our environmental ills.

In this article we reflect on the climate situation before the summit and the political expectations it raised. Then we will review the COP28 agenda and the agreements reached. In conclusion, we ask whether there are sufficient reasons to be optimistic and believe that the announced “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era means we can draw our breath, despite the fact that last summer’s near-apocalyptic heat is still vivid in our minds.
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