"War In The Middle East Jeopardizes Climate Talks"

"A lasting war between Israel and Hamas could complicate climate talks next month in the United Arab Emirates by raising tensions between nations with fragile alliances and triggering a race to secure energy resources over reducing carbon emissions.

It’s too early to know if military hostilities will be sustained or spill beyond Israel and areas controlled by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that attacked Israel on Saturday. But sustained conflict could make it more difficult to navigate climate negotiations being held late next month on the Arabian Peninsula at a time when reducing fossil fuels will be a centerpiece of the discussions.

“Instability provides challenges to any attempt at trying to build a difficult bridge to consensus. So if you have a bunch of regional interests, inflamed by war, it may not be possible to get full engagement or full agreement,” said Kevin Book, managing director of ClearView Energy Partners."

Sara Schonhardt reports for E&E News October 11, 2023.

Source: E&E News, 10/13/2023