CoP28's big challenge will be reaching an agreement saying "Phase down Fossil Fuels".
However on other 'Themes' there are already (day 1) developments with an initial Climate Funding agreement for developing countries' transition activities.
The Global Stocktake will be discussed, advocating for more renewables, The 'Health Connection' with Climate will feature for the first time, and 'Natural Solutions' like stopping deforestation will be emphasised.
However, the question of what to do about fossil fuels, looms as the central issue at the summit given the UAE venue and oil-baron Conference President Sultal Ahmed Al Jaber at the helm.
partnership with the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, Google will use its
AI and computing capabilities to create a map of the
planet’s big methane emitters based on data from the satellite MethaneSAT,
which launches next month. Google will cross-reference the satellite’s methane
detection with the locations of oil and gas infrastructure to determine the
types of equipment that leak the greenhouse gas.
MethaneSAT, set to launch in early March 2024, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket,
boasts "unprecedented precision” in mapping and tracking
methane emissions. Orbiting the Earth 15 times daily at 350 miles high, the satellite will focus on the top oil and gas regions
globally, providing comprehensive analyses of methane levels and fugitive emissions.Methane has more than 10X the global warming impact of CO2. Also, alarmingly, the Int. Energy Agency report (2023) states:
“Immediate, targeted methane abatement in the fossil fuel sector can prevent nearly 1 million premature deaths due to ozone exposure.https://impakter.com/slashing-methane-emissions-could-save-nearly-one-million-lives-new-report-says/