Climate change will dominate Biden's agenda when he heads to Europe in two weeks

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks and participates successful the virtual Leaders Summit connected Climate Session 5: The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action from the White House successful Washington, DC, connected April 23, 2021.

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President Joe Biden and archetypal woman Jill Biden volition question to Europe successful 2 weeks, the White House said successful a connection connected Thursday, with the planetary clime situation connected the forefront of the president's agenda,  

The travel volition people the 2nd overseas travel of Biden's presidency, and comes arsenic helium attempts to instrumentality enactment to code the threats of planetary clime change. It besides signals his re-engagement with planetary allies successful the aftermath of erstwhile President Donald Trump's tumultuous relationships with different nations.

Biden volition archetypal sojourn the Vatican City connected Oct. 29 to conscionable with Pope Francis. They mean to sermon efforts to combat the clime crisis, Covid-19 pandemic and poverty, among different contentious planetary issues, the connection said. 

The president volition past be a two-day acme of G-20 leaders successful Rome, according to the property release. 

The leaders are expected to determine whether to o.k. an planetary taxation program developed successful July by fiscal leaders from the Group of 20 ample economies. The program would found a planetary minimum firm taxation of astatine slightest 15%, and would alteration the mode companies specified arsenic Amazon and Alphabet's Google are taxed. 

Details astir idiosyncratic bilateral engagements volition beryllium forthcoming, the property merchandise said. 

Biden volition circular disconnected his travel by traveling to Glasgow, Scotland, wherever helium volition be the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, oregon COP26, from Nov. 1 to 2, according to the property release. 

COP26, which was primitively owed to instrumentality spot successful 2020 but was pushed backmost owed to the pandemic, volition spot satellite leaders travel unneurotic to sermon much ambitious clime enactment arsenic U.N. researchers pass that planetary warming is dangerously adjacent to spiraling retired of control.

The U.N. released a damning study successful August that delivered a stark informing connected clime change. In the archetypal installment of 4 reports released nether the Intergovernmental Panel connected Climate Change, researchers observed changes to clime that were projected to beryllium "irreversible implicit hundreds to thousands of years."

For instance, the reports recovered that greenhouse state emissions from quality activities are liable for astir 1.1 degrees Celsius of warming from astir 1850-1900 till today. It besides recovered that the planetary somesthesia is expected to scope oregon surpass 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, averaged implicit the adjacent 20 years.

The Biden medication has pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse state emissions astir successful fractional by 2030 and execute a net-zero system by mid-century. The Obama medication had acceptable a extremity to chopped emissions by up to 28% beneath 2005 levels by 2025, but Trump stopped national efforts to conscionable that target.

In May, the president besides issued an enforcement bid requiring the improvement of a governmentwide clime alteration hazard strategy, and an yearly appraisal of climate-related fiscal risks successful the U.S. budget.

Democrats are trying to walk a measure that volition promote the adoption of greenish vigor and the operation of climate-resilient buildings and infrastructure arsenic portion of the president's economical plan. 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, suggested that Democrats volition apt person to trim $1 trillion oregon much from their $3.5 cardinal clime and societal information nett connection to propulsion it done Congress amid squabbles betwixt the party's progressive and mean wings.