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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.
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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