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Climate pledges are falling short, and a chaotic future looks more like reality

By Max Bearak

26 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Too many countries are failing to honour their commitments to fight climate change, according to the UN. As the New York Times reports, the consequences are likely to be severe.

Countries around the world are failing to live up to their commitments to fight climate change, pointing Earth toward a future with more intense flooding, wildfires, drought, heat waves and species extinction, according to a report issued Wednesday by the United Nations.

Just 26 of 193 countries that agreed last year to step up their climate actions have followed through with more ambitious plans. The world’s top two polluters, China and the United States, have taken some action but have not pledged more this year, and climate negotiations between the two have been frozen for months.

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