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Final Episode of 'Climate Breakdown' : Global Climate Politics

7 March 2024
The VU Climate Expertise Centre's new podcast ‘Climate Breakdown’ is an exclusive and limited podcast series hosted by VU assistant professor Mathieu Blondeel. Together with world-leading experts from VU Amsterdam and beyond Mathieu delves into the complex challenges of the global climate crisis from various angles.

Climate Breakdown releases Episode 5: 'A world to win? On global climate politics' 

 Now available on Spotify and Apple Podcast

About the episode: A world to win? On global climate politics

At COP28 in December 2023, negotiators officially agreed for the first time that there is a need to ‘transition away from fossil fuels.’ Mentioning fossil fuels was deemed historic and it supposedly signalled the ‘end of the fossil fuel era’. But how historic is this decision really? And why did it take so long to politically acknowledge the role of fossil fuels in the climate crisis?

In this episode, VU professor Philipp Pattberg of the Institute for Environmental Studies joins Mathieu to talk about global climate politics. We try to grasp what makes climate negotiations and finding agreement at the global level so difficult. After all, aren’t we all in the same boat?

Climate Expertise Centre

Brought to you by the recently launched Climate Expertise Centre of VU Amsterdam, this podcast aims to contribute valuable insights into the challenges and solutions surrounding the climate crisis. The VU Climate Expertise Centre presents scientists from a wide range of research fields to provide insights into the latest climate research and to make knowledge accessible to journalists, policymakers and future partners. By bringing knowledge together, the centre aims to enhance sharing and collaborations to accelerate climate action. 

‘Climate Breakdown’ is available on Spotify and Apple Podcast, and produced by PodKasteel. Subscribe, listen and engage! For more information, questions, or to get in touch, please contact Mathieu Blondeel at or visit our Climate Expertise Centre website. 

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