Currently in Seattle — November 8, 2023: Break in the rain

Plus, a quick preview of COP28 in Dubai.

The weather, currently.

Chance of morning showers, partly sunny afternoon

Wednesday kicks off with a slight chance of rain.

But listen! The big news is that that giant fiery ball in the sky might break through the clouds for a few hours in the afternoon. Our temps will stay nice and mild, with a high near 52, and just a wisp of a breeze. 

Clouds and more rain will return overnight, so enjoy the small sun break, Seattle. 

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What you need to know, currently.

A new fund will be established to pay for the “loss and damage” caused by climate change in poorer countries — but will be far weaker than hoped after a major setback this past weekend in Abu Dhabi. The disappointment is casting an increasingly worrying shadow over the upcoming COP28 climate conference in Dubai.

A last-minute objection by the US delegation to the consensus text forced a change in the funding mechanism that only “urged” rich countries to contribute to the new fund, but didn’t require them.

“It is a sombre day for climate justice, as rich countries turn their backs on vulnerable communities. [This] falls short of providing vulnerable communities with adequate assurance that their financial needs for coping with climate impacts and rebuilding their lives will be met.”

Still up for discussion in the run-up to Dubai: Whether or not world countries will agree to a binding “phase out” of fossil fuels globally, and the first official check-up or “stocktake” on how the world’s efforts at reducing climate change has progressed since 2015 in Paris. Spoiler alert: not well.

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