“The COP27 United Nations climate conference held in Egypt in November was a mixed bag (_Nature_ 612, 16–17; 2022). Although countries recommitted to the goal of the 2015 Paris climate agreement — to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial temperatures — they made no commitments to phase out fossil fuels. Some even pushed to abandon the 1.5 °C target, saying it is not realistic on the basis of current trends. Thankfully, they were outnumbered.”

Don’t wait for COP: the end of the fossil-fuel age must start now