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Stop abuse of migrant workers before Britain becomes the next Dubai
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Stop abuse of migrant workers before Britain becomes the next Dubai

mpoverished migrant workers forced to pay thousands of pounds in illegal recruitment fees, housed in squalid accommodation and unable to leave their jobs voluntarily. Is this Qatar? UAE? Saudi Arabia? No, it’s post-Brexit Britain. Revelations that Nepali workers have allegedly been forced to pay extortionate fees to agents in Nepal for their jobs on a British farm supplying some of...

UAE: Caution to climate event organisers not to “criticise corporations” alarms activists warning of “corporate capture” ahead of COP28
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UAE: Caution to climate event organisers not to “criticise corporations” alarms activists warning of “corporate capture” ahead of COP28

“UAE climate event organisers warn speakers not to ‘criticise corporations,” Speakers at a climate and health conference in the United Arab Emirates were told not to protest or “criticise corporations” in a warning that cited the Gulf state’s laws, alarming campaigners ahead of the country hosting the UN’s COP28 climate summit this year. Organisers advised...

Grave Concerns About Next Climate Summit Host
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Grave Concerns About Next Climate Summit Host

Andrew is enjoying a break this week. I’m Jan Kooy, taking care of the Daily Brief in the next few days.Should a deeply repressive country get to host UN climate talks?No, that would be an extremely bad idea.So how on earth did the United Arab Emirates become host of the upcoming and crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference,...

Dubai mulls quitting green city club over lackluster climate efforts
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Dubai mulls quitting green city club over lackluster climate efforts

The city state warns it will be ‘inordinately costly’ to meet its climate promises. This article is part of POLITICO’s Global Policy Lab: Living Cities, a collaborative journalism project exploring the future of cities. Chapter 3 of the project is presented by Holcim. Dubai’s underwhelming efforts to cuts its greenhouse gas emissions are causing it to consider...

Global fossil fuel subsidies almost doubled in 2021, analysis finds
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Global fossil fuel subsidies almost doubled in 2021, analysis finds

Global public subsidies for fossil fuels almost doubled to $700bn in 2021, analysis has shown, representing a “roadblock” to tackling the climate crisis. Despite the huge profits of fossil fuel companies, the subsidies soared as governments sought to shield citizens from surging energy prices as the global economy rebounded from the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of...

Wealthy Russian investors are snapping up luxury properties in Dubai amid Western sanctions, a report says
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Wealthy Russian investors are snapping up luxury properties in Dubai amid Western sanctions, a report says

Wealthy Russians are flocking to Dubai’s real estate market as Western sanctions prompt them to look at alternative destinations for their luxury property purchases, The Observer reported on Saturday. Individuals with money tied to Russian financial institutions have been purchasing properties and leasing apartments in Dubai, which has not imposed financial sanctions against Russia in the weeks...

Flemish Environment Minister to skip COP28 and takes a dig at Dubai
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Flemish Environment Minister to skip COP28 and takes a dig at Dubai

After boycotting COP27 in Egypt due to concerns about the human rights situation there, Flemish Environment Minister Zuhal Demir has already confirmed she will not be attending next year’s climate summit in Dubai, either. On Wednesday, Demir announced she will not be attending the 28th UN climate conference (COP28), which will be hosted by the United Arab...