Headline RoundupOctober 31st, 2021

Perspectives: Leaders Talk Climate Change At G20 Summit

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Group of 20's leaders' summit ended Sunday with an agreement to take "meaningful and effective actions" to limit the harmful effects of climate change.

The leaders released a statement affirming their commitment to capping the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century. The scientific consensus among climate experts is that if the average global temperature rises another 1.5 degrees Celsius — 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit — it will significantly increase the likelihood of climate catastrophes that "could exacerbate hunger, disease and conflict." The group also pledged to stop financing international coal projects by the end of the year, but avoided discussions about terminating coal power in their own nations. The G20 group, which consists of 19 countries and the European Union, accounts for 80% of the world's emissions.

Coverage of the summit was more prominently featured in left-rated outlets. Most voices across the spectrum seemed to agree that the group "struggled to make progress on key issues" and highlighted the disappointment of many activists that felt the leaders failed to build up momentum for the two-week COP26 climate summit that launched Sunday in Glasgow. Left-rated voices noted the absence of any discussions about reaching net zero by 2050 and criticized the joint statement from G20 leaders "because it only echoed pledges that were already made by China." Some right-rated voices emphasized how many Americans say they care about climate change "until it comes time to pay for climate policy," indicating that they won't support higher energy costs.

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