World Leaders Make Few Commitments At U.N. Climate Summit; SG Guterres Warns ‘Nature Is Angry’

Associated Press: ‘You are failing us’: Plans, frustration at U.N. climate talks
“Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels. As they made their pledges at the Climate Action Summit, though, they and others conceded it was not enough. And even before they spoke, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg shamed them over and over for their inaction: ‘How dare you?’…” (Borenstein, 9/24).

New York Times: At U.N. Climate Summit, Few Commitments and U.S. Silence
“…[D]espite the protests in the streets, China on Monday made no new promises to take stronger climate action. The United States, having vowed to pull out of the Paris Agreement, the pact among nations to jointly fight climate change, said nothing at all. A host of countries made only incremental promises. … There were some concrete measures. The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, said in closing remarks that 77 countries had announced efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, several asset fund managers said they would aim to get to a net-zero portfolio of investments by the same year, and dozens of businesses said they would aim to abide by the Paris Agreement targets…” (Sengupta et al., 9/23).

POLITICO: ‘Nature is angry,’ warns U.N. chief
“U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday denounced governments and the fossil fuel industry for fueling climate change, and called for taxing ‘pollution, not people.’ Opening the U.N. Climate Action Summit, meant to spur international climate efforts, Guterres had stark words about the state of the planet. ‘Nature is angry and we fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature because nature always strikes back and around the world nature is striking back with fury’…” (Oroschakoff, 9/23).

Additional coverage of the U.N. Climate Action Summit is available from NPR, Reuters, and USA TODAY.

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