“World” editorial. President Joe Biden kept his promise: “America is back”. The slogan may be hollow, but if it has had a positive effect in a certain area, it is the fight against climate change. The White House’s virtual summits held on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23 rekindled the global drive to reduce greenhouse gases. This is good news in itself.
The rejection policy of Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, took four years of the planet. If other actors, especially the European Union (EU), have not remained passive during this period, there is an urgent need for the new US president to re-engage in the climate fight. His country is second only to China and is the world’s most polluting country, and its diplomatic influence has brought people the hope of a beneficial chain reaction.
At the inauguration ceremony on January 20, Mr. Biden sent the necessary signals. On the same day, he signed the American agreement to restore the Paris climate agreement, and then appointed an important envoy, John Kerry, as the special envoy on this issue. Another major move is to organize the summit from April 22 to 23. He successfully secured the participation of 40 heads of state and government including Chinese President Xi Jinping. In addition to adopting a diplomatic stance, it also announced new commitments, which are consistent with the efforts of the 2015 Paris Agreement and made progress in combating global warming.
Therefore, the United States confirmed its new goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 50% to 52% by 2030 compared to 2005. Japan has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by the end of this decade compared with 2013. Canada and South Korea are committed to improving their goals.All, all, honor: on the head of the world’s leading CO2 emitter2 pcs, China’s president made his first speech on Thursday and raised the issue of China’s coal consumption for the first time. He suggested that it peak in 2025 and then gradually decrease.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to see it on the first day of the summit “Turning Point”, Despite the lack of financing, even with various commitments, we cannot imagine achieving the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
As competition between major powers can prove beneficial here, this movement has indeed started. At a time when the international summit is tense, the participation of the Chinese President and Russia’s top figure Vladimir Poutin, announced only the day before the summit, shows that cooperation is possible at least in the field of climate.
True to its DNA, Washington now claims “leadership” Defend the climate after deliberately weakening it. No matter how the US pushes it, China is calling on Europeans to show that it has its own climate ambitions. As for the EU, which reached an agreement on its own climate plan on the eve of the summit held by Mr. Biden, in fact, it is still the EU that has made the greatest effort to reduce its gas emissions so far. The most ambitious with the UK.