President-elect Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris Agreement, countering the Trump presidency’s notice of withdrawal from it in 2019.

by Mark Hertsgaard. Read more on PassBlue.

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Secretary-General António Guterres and Prof. Maureen Raymo at Columbia University in New York City, holding a lecture on the “State of the Planet,” Dec. 2, 2020. President-elect Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris Agreement, countering the Trump presidency’s notice of withdrawal from it in 2019. ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

“The way we are moving is a suicide,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in an interview on Monday, and humanity’s survival will be “impossible” without the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement and achieving “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as the incoming Biden administration has pledged.

The secretary-general said that “of course” he had been in touch with president-elect Biden and looked forward to welcoming the US into a “global coalition for net zero by 2050” that the UN has organized. The US is the world’s largest cumulative source of heat-trapping emissions and its biggest military and economic power, Guterres noted, so “there is no way we can solve the [climate] problem . . . …

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