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Cop28 analysis: The real elephant in the room is that the UN climate conference has run its course

As the two-week UN climate negotiations get underway in Dubai, the rhetoric on display will not be matched by action, Daniel Murray writes

Climate protestors at Leinster House sought to highlight the ‘elephant in the room’. Picture: PA

Have you ever seen an elephant in a suit and tie? If you were outside Leinster House on Wednesday afternoon you would have seen a whole herd of them.

Trunks flailing and briefcases swinging, Stop Climate Chaos protesters dressed as beastly oil executives were theatrically protesting the start of the latest United Nations Cop28 climate conference in Dubai, which they say has continued to ignore the elephant in the room: fossil fuels.

“The science is ...