Dec 03, 2023
By Angus Gillespie
With the Earth running a fever, U.N. climate talks have turned their focus on the effects a heated planet is having on human health.
Under a brown haze over Dubai, participants at the COP-28 summit moved beyond rhetoric and calls for unity to curb global warming to concerns such as the deaths of at least 7 million people globally from air pollution each year and the spread of diseases including cholera and malaria as global warming wreaks havoc on weather systems.
In the background and off-stage participants were also turning attention to tough negotiations over the next nine days to push for more agreement on ways to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times.
The Canadian delegation in Dubai is lead by Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and special climate envoy John Kerry are leading the American contingent.