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Climate conferences provide platforms for collaboration among countries, venues for interaction across levels of governance and critical events to mobilize civil society and media coverage. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

COP27 failed. So why continue with these UN climate summits?

There have been 27 UN COP meetings. Despite these negotiations, the planet is on target to exceed emission thresholds for global warming. Given these failures, why continue with this process?
Powered by hydrogen gas, fuel cell vehicles produce only water as a tailpipe emission. Friedemann Vogel/EPA

The days of the hydrogen car are already over

Hydrogen cars were heralded as an avenue towards universal green motoring, but progress has stalled in recent years.
Hurricane Nicole was a Category 1 storm, but it caused extensive damage to Florida in 2022. Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory

Even weak tropical cyclones have grown more intense worldwide – we tracked 30 years of them using currents

Research shows storms that might have caused minimal damage a few decades ago are becoming stronger and more destructive as the planet warms.
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Many forests will become highly flammable for at least 30 extra days per year unless we cut emissions, research finds

Climate change is raising the number of days the Earth passes crucial thresholds of fire risk. But urgently cutting emissions can avoid the worst.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, heads the closing session of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Joseph Eid/AFP

Is liberal governance unable to deal with global threats?

The absence of norms defining the common good and the insufficient place of scientific arguments in the democratic debate weaken the capacity of liberalism to face global threats.
The sun setting in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, host of COP27. The results of the international meeting were disappointing overall. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

COP27 ‘loss and damage’ fund: A historic decision amid discouraging results

The historic agreement on a loss and damage fund was overshadowed by lack of progress on phasing out fossil fuels.

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