John Kerry, President Biden’s special climate envoy, today will press every major economy to commit to “meaningful absolute reductions” in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Why it matters: The comments, part of what’s being billed as a “major policy speech” in London, provide a greater sense of the U.S. posture ahead of the critical U.N. climate summit this fall.
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Quick take: Kerry’s remarks are likely directed at major emitters including China, the world’s largest, which thus far has pledged only to have an emissions peak before 2030.
What’s next: Kerry will say there’s still time to limit to global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels — the most ambitious goal of the Paris deal — but only with steep cuts this decade.
“That is the only way to put the world on a credible track to global net zero by midcentury,” he will say, per excerpts shared by aides.
“We’re already seeing dramatic consequences with 1.2°C degrees of warming. To contemplate doubling that is to invite catastrophe,” Kerry will say.
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