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A Cop27 sign on the road leading to the conference area in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (REUTERS)
A Cop27 sign on the road leading to the conference area in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh (REUTERS)

The biggest climate event of the calendar, Cop27, begins next week in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The world gathers in Egypt after a tumultuous 12 months. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to global energy shortfalls, triggering cost-of-living crises in rich countries and leaving some poorer nations on the brink of famine.

There has also been a new wave of disasters triggered by the climate crisis – from devastating flooding in Pakistan and western and central Africa, to wildfires and deadly heatwaves across Europe, and Hurricane Ian’s decimation of Florida. A deluge of new scientific reports warn that the world remains far off-track in preventing further dangerous temperature rise.

The Cop27 agenda is packed and progess is much-needed on contentious issues, like climate finance, and countries’ emissions cuts. There will also need to be accountability on the headline-grabbing promises made at the Glasgow summit, Cop26.

The Independent’s climate reporting team will be in Sharm el-Sheikh, offering you an up-close perspective of the two-week summit - and parsing what decisions and stumbling blocks mean for the world’s climate problems far beyond the doors of the negotiating halls.

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