The COP29 Climate Change Conference Is Already Looking Shaky

The COP29 Climate Change Conference Is Already Looking Shaky
Delegates attend the technical meetings in preparation for the U.N. COP 29 Climate Change conference, in Bonn, Germany, June 3, 2024 (DPA photo by Christoph Driessen via AP Images).

Most people look to the annual Conference of the Parties, or COP, summit to get a sense of where things stand in global efforts to address climate change. Often overlooked are the technical meetings that take place in Bonn, Germany, in between the COP gatherings, and which are a key indicator of progress on the most important issue of our time.

The latest of these gatherings just wrapped up two weeks ago, leaving an uncertain path to achieving global climate goals at the United Nations COP29 Climate Change Conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, this November. Representatives of the world’s governments failed to agree on much, dampening hopes of achieving the goals of limiting average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees C and phasing out fossil fuels.

The ongoing costs of climate-fueled events are increasingly evident, with individual incidents that incur $1 billion in damages now a common occurrence in the United States. The World Meteorological Organization anticipates up to $1.2 quadrillion in climate-fueled damages worldwide by 2100 if nothing changes.

Keep reading for free!

Get instant access to the rest of this article by submitting your email address below. You'll also get access to three articles of your choice each month and our free newsletter:

Or, Subscribe now to get full access.

Already a subscriber? Log in here .

What you’ll get with an All-Access subscription to World Politics Review:

A WPR subscription is like no other resource — it’s like having a personal curator and expert analyst of global affairs news. Subscribe now, and you’ll get:

  • Immediate and instant access to the full searchable library of tens of thousands of articles.
  • Daily articles with original analysis, written by leading topic experts, delivered to you every weekday.
  • Regular in-depth articles with deep dives into important issues and countries.
  • The Daily Review email, with our take on the day’s most important news, the latest WPR analysis, what’s on our radar, and more.
  • The Weekly Review email, with quick summaries of the week’s most important coverage, and what’s to come.
  • Completely ad-free reading.

And all of this is available to you when you subscribe today.