This week, representatives of many countries are gathering in Dubai to discuss measures to curb global warming and prevent future climate disasters. The conference, known as COP28, poses complex challenges to decision makers
This week, representatives of many countries are gathering in Dubai to discuss measures to curb global warming and prevent future climate disasters. The conference, known as COP28, poses complex challenges to decision makers.
Already at the opening, some progress was noted, when a number of developed countries promised tens of millions of dollars to compensate populations affected by the climate crisis. This is compared to the hundreds of millions they committed to in the past. At the same time, the amount is still too far to cover the damages.
For the conference to yield real results, operative decisions for immediate steps will be needed. Here are some key recommendations:
- A sustainable construction obligation for every new project, so that they emit carbon to a minimum or even absorb carbon from the air.
- Incentives for the development of renewable energy sources, which will enable a quick return on investment thanks to the savings in energy expenses.
- Immediate cessation of sales of vehicles powered by mineral fuel, and transition to electric vehicles.
- Denying operating licenses from companies that pollute with fossil fuel, and directing their assets to compensate climate victims.
- A complete ban on investments in new polluting energy sources and heavy taxation on those who support it.
- Training and reintegration of employees of polluting industries in the green energy sector.
The implementation of these measures can prevent the emission of additional tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year. However, the chance that these recommendations will be fully adopted is low, since the conference is taking place precisely in one of the countries most dependent on oil and gas - the United Arab Emirates.
Despite the difficulties, only such bold steps can face the impending crisis. Will the world leaders rise to the challenge?
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