The UAE will host this year’s Cop28 UN climate summit in Dubai, which might surprise a lot of people.
The talks start on 30th November, and Sultan Al Jaber, the government minister for United Arab Emirates who will preside over this year’s crucial UN climate talks, will retain his roles as head of the country’s oil company and sustainable energy businesses.
This might seem like a conflict of interest to you and, well, everyone with any sense?
It has fuelled activists’ worries that big industry is hijacking the global response to environmental crisis.
Global Witness called Jaber’s appointment a “harsh blow” to weaning the world off fossil fuels.
So you can imagine Greta Thunberg is not exactly jumping for joy at the news.
She told an audience during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos: “Lobbyists have been influencing these conferences since forever, and this just puts a very clear face to it.
“It’s completely ridiculous.”