On April 22 and 23rd, the White House hosted a virtual Climate Leaders Summit which featured more than 40 world leaders. Joe Biden kicked off the summit with a major announcement that the United States has set a target to reduce by 50% its carbon emissions by the year 2030.
This is an ambitious emissions reduction target and one that lends support to the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
On the line with me to discuss the significance of the White House announcement and its implications for climate diplomacy is Pete Ogden, Vice President for Climate and the Environment at the United Nations Foundation. We kick off with a discussion of some of the major announcements made at the Summit and what this White House summit means for The Big Event on the climate diplomacy calendar this year, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, known as COP26.
If you have twenty minutes and want to better understand the diplomatic implications of the Biden administration’s latest moves on climate, have a listen.