As Other Global Crises Collide, Nations Converge to Address Climate Change – The New York Times

by | Nov 4, 2022 | Climate Change

WASHINGTON — World leaders will gather in Egypt next week to confront climate change at a moment of colliding crises: a war in Europe that has upended energy markets, rising global inflation, deep political divisions in many countries and tension between the world’s two greatest polluters, China and the United States.The conditions don’t bode well for a mission that demands cooperation among nations to bring down the pollution from burning oil, gas and coal that is warming the planet.The United States, which for the first time will be attending United Nations negotiations with a climate plan that is backed by the force of law, will try to reassert itself as a leader in the fight to keep temperatures from rising to catastrophic levels.The new law, which provides a record $370 billion to speed up the country’s transition away from fossil fuels, “absolutely” strengthens the standing of the United States and its ability to urge other countries to follow suit, said John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate change. “We were at a crucible with respect to our credibility, and if we hadn’t delivered there I think we would have had serious challenges.”But while the legislation may mend America’s tattered reputation after President Donald J. Trump halted climate action for years, more is needed to meet its commitments under the 2015 Paris agreement to constrain global warming.And the law barely squeaked through a bitterly divided Congress. If Republicans retake control of at least one chamber in midterm elections on Tuesday, they are expected to try to slow down efforts to cut emissions. And, not far beyond looms the 2024 presidential election, with Mr. Trump considering another run.“It’s und …

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