Leaders Summit marks “decisive decade" for tackling climate change.

President Biden has declared that this will be the “decisive decade” for action on climate change during the virtually held Leaders Summit on Climate.

The event with over 40 world leaders, has already seen new pledges including those from Brazil, Japan, South Korea and Canada to curb greenhouse gas emissions more rapidly, and the US has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52 per cent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. These new commitments add to the previous stepping up of the UK’s own efforts to meet net-zero.

Conspicuous by absent where pledges from the leaders of India and China, two of the world's biggest emitters, who made no new commitments.

During the Summit, Biden pleaded for global collective action as he announced a major new goal for greenhouse gas emissions, and along with other initiatives it is clear that the president is determined to place the US back at the centre of climate protection after the less than fulsome approach of the Trump administration.

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