How Putin And Friends Stalled Climate Progress

The war on Ukraine will cast a dark shadow over the global climate summit starting this week in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Those talks are predicated on a willingness among nations to work together to slow climate change. The resurgence of nationalism far and wide — of which Mr. Putin’s invasion of a neighbor represents an apex — clashes with that ideal. The world has made considerable progress in the past decade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and by no means are authoritarian leaders alone to blame for the world’s failure to slow warming further.  The forces of failure are many. The rise of authoritarian and nationalist leaders, though, has complicated matters.

By Somini Sengupta, Steven Lee Myers, Manuela Andreoni and Suhasini Raj. New York Times. November 5, 2022.

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