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J OE Biden hopes to give a boost to the fight against climate change by organizing an international summit marking on the day of the Earth, but a question is of concern to participants: Can we still trust the United States?
The agreement ofand the Kyoto Protocol, the two largest international texts on the climate, are born intense efforts of American diplomacy but have finally been dismissed on the arrival of new occupants in the White House - George W. Bush and - who no longer wanted.
This time, theunder target high, and want to go fast.
"This is an event that President Biden has decided alone to organize. It has not been imposed on him. We can expect that he wants to demonstrate to the rest of the world that the United States can, and Will conduct "the fight against climate change, Estime Alice Hill, Analyst of the Consolidated Reflection Center on Foreign Relations and former Advisor of.
It's time to declare a national climate emergency
This month, President Biden will convene 40 world leaders to discuss the urgency of climate action and strengthen global cooperation on key climate goals. But before the president takes the global stage at the Leaders Summit on Climate, there's something he should do at home: declare a national climate emergency here in the United States.In recent years, we have seen the effects of the climate crisis, both in our own backyard and around the world. From wildfires raging across Oregon and the West, to hurricanes wreaking havoc in the southeast, and increasing average temperatures everywhere in between, the impacts have been devastating.
"Of course, there is this cloud that hovers all over the summit: the question is whether the United States is truly back in the long run," she adds. "This is probably the question I most often hear: + How can we trust the United States? +".
In an interview with AFP, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed these doubts: "The commitment shown by the United States after years away from the climate negotiating table is something that Indeed, people will observe closely to make sure they are serious, that they are engaged. ""Catching up lost time"
"The world is convinced that the United States is back and do everything to make up for lost time during the Trump years," says Alden Meyer, a Think Tank E3G and long-standing observer Climate negotiations.
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After visiting Tracy, a woman in California who is ready to flee her dream house to escape wildfires and other effects of climate catastrophe, John Sutter traveled halfway across the country, to Duluth, Minnesota to try to answer her question: Where can she go? Is anywhere safe? It turns out, Tracy isn't alone in asking the question.Tracy thought she'd built her forever home. She and her 5-year-old granddaughter live in an energy-efficient house in Northern California that Tracy designed — by a pond that's frequented by otters, ducks and herons (oh my!).
"Does Trump or someone like Trump could come back in 2024? It's obviously a possibility and everyone has in mind," he continues. But, according to him, the Biden administration seems determined to "lock" its goals of decline in emissions. And to make emulators.
During his visit to the White House Friday, the head of the Japanese government Yoshihide Suga promised to set new more ambitious goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 for his country, fifth largest polluter worldwide.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, an ally of Donald Trump, promised him, before the Summit, to respect his country's commitment to stop any illegal deforestation by 2030, although environmental advocates remain skeptical.
The American emissary for the climate John Kerry, who had negotiated the Paris Agreement of 2015, also displays his will to cooperate with the opponents of Washington on the planetary challenges, arguing that the opposite would be back to "killing".
Before the international summit, he went to China, the first world polluter, despite the tensions between Washington and Beijing on many other topics. He published a common statement with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua where the two capitals "undertake to cooperate" on the climate file.
Mr. Kerry also spoke briefly on the climate with the leader of Russian Diplomacy Sergei Lavrov, when both were in the same hotel in New Delhi, according to a US manager.
With the International Summit, Joe Biden and John Kerry also want to prepare the Glasgow Cop26 Climate Conference in Scotland in November.
19/04/2021 10:08:55 - Washington (AFP) - © 2021 AFP
Biden opening summit with ambitious new US climate pledge .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and other big polluters to speed up efforts of their own. Biden is offering Americans and the world a vision of a prosperous, clean-energy United States where factories churn out cutting-edge batteries for export, line workers re-lay an efficient national electrical grid and crews cap abandoned oil and gas rigs and coal mines. His commitment to cut U.S.