How the presidential election could decide the fate of global climate politics

It’s fall 2020, and the presidential campaign in the U.S. is happening against the backdrop of extreme weather events the world over.

In the U.S., wildfires are burning — fueled in part by hotter, drier conditions out West. Hurricanes are plaguing the Caribbean. And the Arctic is seeing its second-lowest ice cover ever.

And the climate world — activists, diplomats, scientists, and business people — anxiously awaits the fate of the best diplomatic shot to limit global warming: the 2015 Paris agreement.

“This election is really going to be very, very critical for whether or not we’re actually able to meet the Paris agreement goals and secure the future of the vulnerable around the world,” said Rueanna Haynes, a former Trinidad and Tobago climate negotiator who’s now a senior legal adviser at Climate Analytics, a policy nonprofit.


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