The United States will mark its return to the global fight against climate change on Monday by joining high-level talks to better protect people and economies from the effects of global warming that is already taking place.
Less than a week after President Joe Biden announced the return of the United States to the 2015 Paris Agreement, its Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Han Zheng, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and other leaders join the Climate Adaptation Summit.
This online event, hosted by the Netherlands, aims to present practical solutions and plans for dealing with climate change in the period up to 2030.
Before the summit, more than 3,000 scientists from around the world urged heads of state and government to better protect people from the effects of global warming.
“Our rapidly warming world is already experiencing major disruption from more intense droughts, fires, heat waves, floods, devastating tropical cyclones and other extreme events,” the scientists, including five Nobel Prize winners, said in a statement.
“If we don’t step up and adapt now, the results will increase poverty, water scarcity, agricultural losses and rising migration rates with a huge burden on human life.”
Climate change could depress global food production by up to 30%, while rising seas and larger storms could displace hundreds of millions from their homes in coastal cities, said the summit organizer, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).
“There is no vaccine against climate change,” GCA chairman and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters on the eve of the event.
“It’s happening much, much faster than we think and causing cascading risks and impacts. It’s not nice to be able to build resilience to climate change, it’s a must.”
No binding commitments will be made at the summit, but leaders will seek to set an agenda for action and develop plans and proposals to create a climate resilient planet by the end of the decade.
The UK plans to team up with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, St. Lucia and the Netherlands on an initiative that could include early warning systems for storms and investments in flood drainage and drought-resistant crops.
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