John Kerry Doubles Down On Climate Change

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( – John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, in a recent interview with The Boston Globe, said that he told President Biden he would continue to serve in his role at least until the United Nations climate summit in November.

As he informed the outlet there was “sufficient unfinished business” that he thought it would be “inappropriate” for him to move on from his role before the summit. The climate summit, named COP28, is going to be held in Dubai this year. Kerry, a former secretary of state and senator has said that he hopes the summit will focus on new technologies and further funding to address the climate crisis.

He added that they are fully aware of everything they need to do and he believes that the COP can become even more important. He also noted this will give them the chance to push everyone forward with greater speed, which is what needs to happen.

He added that during the COP he was going to bring forth “emissions reduction and finance,” especially as these issues are becoming “more compelling, more obvious, more necessary, more urgent.”

Kerry has focused his time in this position on creating cooperation between different countries so as to better address the climate crisis, especially following former President Donald Trump’s decision to have the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Accords, an international treaty on climate change.

In 2021, Kerry announced that the U.S. and China had reached a climate change agreement that would include reducing the use of coal and methane emissions.


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