Biden, calling for action, commits the US to halving its climate emissions


President Biden acted Thursday (April 22) to exit the United States during four years of official climate denial, declaring that the United States would cut its global warming emissions by at least half by the end of the decade.

Addressing 40 world leaders at the start of a two-day summit on America’s return to the Paris climate accord, Biden sought to encourage other countries to take more aggressive action.

Some climate activists, especially from poorer countries that have less pollution but are suffering the worst consequences of climate change, said the United States is forced to do much more.
“This summit is a major turning point that now directs attention to laggards and concrete short-term action,” said Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, a research organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Rich and polluting countries, he said, “need to come back with much stronger promises, including climate finance for the poorest nations.”

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