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‘Grownup’ leaders are pushing us towards catastrophe, says former US climate chief

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🗞️ Driving the news: Todd Stern, former U.S. climate chief and negotiator for the Paris Agreement, has criticized political leaders who advocate for slowing down decarbonization efforts, calling them a major impediment to necessary climate actions
• Stern emphasized that such attitudes are pushing the world towards a deeper environmental catastrophe

🔭 The context: Stern highlighted the disconnect between the reality of climate science and the political narrative that portrays rapid decarbonization as impractical
• He underscored the rapid advancements in renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, arguing that achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 is not only necessary but achievable

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Stern’s remarks come at a crucial time when the pace of global climate action needs to accelerate to avoid the worst impacts of climate change
• His critique addresses the broader issue of political reluctance which could undermine the global commitment to the Paris Agreement and necessary climate goals.

⏭️ What's next: The global community faces significant decisions in climate policy, particularly as political figures like Donald Trump threaten to renege on international commitments such as the Paris Agreement. The ongoing debate over the speed and feasibility of decarbonization strategies will be crucial in shaping future climate action.

💬 One quote: “Obviously it’s difficult – we’re talking about enormous change to the world economy – but we can do it,” said Todd Stern.

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