With just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC’s Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress made at this week’s UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain. Climate change was the dominant theme at this year’s UN General Assembly (UNGA) as countries recognised the seriousness of the global situation. All across the planet, the hallmarks of rising temperatures are being keenly felt with intense wildfires, storms and floods taking place on scales rarely seen. Both the US and China used the UN platform to take important steps forward. President Biden underlined his commitment to a multilateral approach to climate change by announcing a significant increase in the US financial contribution to climate aid. The US will in future pay $11.4bn per annum in climate finance, doubling the amount they previously committed to at a leader’s summit in April. The other big climate story was China’s statement that it would not build any more coal plants overseas. It’s the second year in a row that China’s President Xi Jinping has used the forum to announce significant climate policy.
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