After a protracted negotiation at the UN climate conference in Dubai, the countries of the world were finally able to agree on an agreement on a transition from fossil fuels. But this past week's debaters disagree on whether the agreement is actually sufficient. Photo: UNclimatechange. Source: Flickr.

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Week 50: Historic climate agreement at COP28 - but several debaters are critical

The climate debate continues. Last week ended the negotiations at the UN climate meeting COP28 in Dubai, and the world has nu a new climate agreement. Many are satisfied with the agreement and believe that it is a historic step in the right direction. Aothers think that it inte is sufficient. 

For the first time in history, fossil fuels are mentioned in writing in the UN climate agreement. In an editorial in Sydsvenskan writes Jesper Sahlin that the agreement can be seen as a modest step in the right direction. Despite this, he believes that it is insufficient and comes too late in relation to the necessary measures. Sahlin emphasizes the importance of continued action for the future and points out that it is not time to relax when it comes to climate issues.

- That nearly 200 countries manage to reach a consensus on an agreement text is of course a not-to-be-despicable achievement. Looking at the individual meeting, the agreement, despite loopholes and all, is at least better than feared, he writes.

Although the wording "a transition from fossil fuels" in the agreement is not as clear as desired, the agreement is still considered historic. In an editorial in Dagens Nyheter writes Max Hjelm that it will require significant efforts and a persistent climate policy to reach the goals.

- The climate agreement has been hammered out, now politics is required. Because the world works on overtime, but not the kind that gives extra pay, but one that only costs, he writes.

Expressen's lead writer Mimmie Björnsdotter Grönkvist criticizes the new agreement:

- But when you read praises of the meeting as "historic" because fossil fuels, not just coal, are mentioned in the agreement for the first time, it feels a bit like the countries of the world gathered to jump over a bar that was already on the floor, type she.

Climate work in Sweden

In a debate article in Expressen defends Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari (L) Sweden's role as a global climate role model. Some have tried to create an image that Sweden's position is threatened in climate work, especially in light of measures such as reduced fuel prices. The climate and environment minister claims that the criticism mainly comes from the current government's political opponents.

- We are a country that is at the forefront and has already come a long way in our climate transition, both in an international context and in comparison with other EU countries, she writes.

Pourmokhtari's statement has been met with resistance. In an editorial in Aftonbladet Fanny Jönsson criticizes both the climate minister and the government. She claims that the climate minister's government is actually increasing emissions and that Sweden's climate policy is not going in the right direction.

- Romina Pourmokhtari and the government she sits in are unfortunately not on the right side when that story is now being written, she writes.

Other debaters also criticize the climate minister. Elin Söderberg (MP), climate policy spokesperson for the Green Party, believes that Sweden's transformation is being slowed down and is no longer a leader with innovative plans.

- Unfortunately, I have to inform the minister that the image of Sweden is affected by what Sweden does, not by what the minister says. And with the Tidö parties in power, Sweden is wrong on almost all points, she writes.

Elin Söderberg continues:

- What Pourmokhtari needs to do is to ensure that Sweden's current government stops slowing down the transition and starts taking responsibility.


The world has jumped over a bar that is on the floor 

Mimmie Björnsdotter Grönkvist, editorial writer, Expressen 

Climate change is working overtime – now predictability is required 

Max Hjelm, editorial writer, Dagens Nyheter 

Better than feared, still too bad 

Jesper Sahlin, editorial writer, Sydsvenskan 

Climate work in Sweden

The opposition is wrong - we are an example here 

Romina Pourmokhtari (L), climate and environment minister, Expressen  

Pourmokhtari's politics are not so different from the oil lobby 

Fanny Jönsson, editorial writer, Aftonbladet 

It is not your merit that Sweden is a role model 

Elin Söderberg (MP), climate policy spokesperson, Expressen 

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