Possibly a vestige of Donald Trump's irresponsible behavior:
New climate targets submitted by countries to the United Nations would reduce emissions by less than 1 percent, according to the latest tally, made public Friday by the world body.
The head of the United Nations climate agency, Patricia Espinosa, said the figures compiled by her office showed that “current levels of climate ambition are very far from putting us on a pathway that will meet our Paris Agreement goals.”
I do not envy Joe Biden at all. His plate is so full food is spilling over the sides. Not only does he need to get back to fighting Climate Change with a vengeance, he's got to drag these countries with him:
The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, called the report “a red alert.”
The tally was all the more damning because fewer than half of all countries submitted fresh targets to the United Nations. The Paris climate accord, designed to limit an increase in global temperatures, had urged them to do so by the end of 2020.
Some of the biggest emitter countries — including Australia, Brazil and Russia — submitted new plans for 2030 without increasing their ambitions. Mexico lowered its climate targets, which the Natural Resources Defense Council described as a signal that “Mexico is effectively retreating from its previous leadership on climate and clean energy.”
I am generally a realist, and don't believe in setting unrealistic goals for yourself or your organization. But when it comes to atmospheric carbon, you have to reach farther than you think is possible. You have to push yourself to achieve the improbable, and have faith that others are doing the same.
We lost that under Trump, but hopefully Biden can lead us back.