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Vanesa Castán Broto

Professor of Urban Climate Change at the University of Sheffield 

Science Media Centre Spain

COP27, for the time being, brings good news. The creation of a loss and damage fund is great news, especially after year after year this necessary demand was denied by developed countries. COP27 was the first conference where the loss and damage fund was put on the negotiating agenda and immediately adopted in an atmosphere of political consensus. The question now is one of practicality and implementation: financial means to match political commitments (given that, so far, climate finance has left much to be desired). 

On the other hand, agreements on energy transition and moving away from fossil fuels seem out of reach at COP27. Now more than ever we need to stick to the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. Every fraction of an increase implies higher costs. Every fraction of an increase means higher costs, greater damage, and more deaths. 

The author has not responded to our request to declare conflicts of interest