Before the novel coronavirus pandemic erupted early this year, a key United Nations climate summit — marking the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions — was scheduled to begin this week in Glasgow, Scotland. Although various interim meetings have been held virtually, the summit itself was postponed until November 2021.
That has created a sort of “gap year” for the 197 countries that have signed onto the Paris Agreement. The United States officially withdrew from the pact as of Nov. 4, though President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin once he is inaugurated in January.
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