The COP28 draft deal is under fire for refraining from calling on nations to phase out fossil fuels, a crucial step in addressing climate change. Critics argue that oil-rich nations have influenced the language, diluting the urgency to eliminate fossil fuels. Despite over 100 countries advocating for a phase-out, oil producers like Saudi Arabia resist, impacting the draft’s strength. COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber urges ambition, but concerns persist over the conference’s ties to fossil fuel interests. The stakes are high, and small island nations denounce the draft as a potential death warrant. Read more.