A hot air summit? Plus: Russia’s sanction-free diamonds.
Cop27 ended in a now-traditional blur of last-minute horse-trading, resulting in the welcome agreement of a finance deal for developing countries affected by global heating. But progress on eliminating fossil fuel usage – the key to slowing climate change – again seemed beyond the international community.
Environment correspondent Fiona Harvey looks back at a Cop27 that had some successes, but overall felt like another missed opportunity. It’s a theme we take up in this week’s cover design, which contrasts world leaders’ willingness to be seen at climate conferences with their reluctance to agree much in the way of action.