Headline RoundupNovember 21st, 2022

COP27 Nations Agree on Climate Change Damage Payments but Fall Short on Fossil Fuels Deal

AllSides Summary

Countries struck a deal at the United Nations' COP27 conference to have rich nations help poorer countries pay for damage and losses caused by the effects of climate change, while failing to reach an agreement on carbon emissions and fossil fuels.

For Context: More than 200 nations agreed to the "loss and damage" fund. It's currently unclear how much the U.S. and other nations will contribute. Meanwhile, a deal to phase out fossil fuels entirely was blocked amid opposition from China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world's top oil-producing countries. In 2009, richer countries agreed to provide developing nations with $100 billion annually for climate action by 2020, but ended up falling short.

Where News Coverage Aligned: Few news sources framed the deal positively. Many framed it as questionable, but often for different reasons depending on their bias.

Where News Coverage Differed: Headlines from left- and center-rated sources often focused on what the deal didn't accomplish, and highlighted other climate goals that are being missed. A Washington Post (Lean Left bias) headline said "COP 27 leaves world on dangerous warming path," and Reuters (Center bias) said the deal came at the cost "of progress on emissions." Right-rated sources often framed the entire deal as flawed. An article from the Washington Times said the deal "frustrated the political left and right alike in the U.S." A Daily Mail (Right bias) headline highlighted how "gas-guzzling China WON'T have to pay into" the fund.

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