Philip Bowring argues in this OpEd New York Times piece that only unilateral action, not horse-trading, will induce countries to cut their emissions. Only the US can provide leadership. If it does, the rest will follow. If it doesn’t, emission cuts, like trade liberalization, will happen slowly if at all.
The dust has settled at COP27, the 27th United Nations Climate Conference at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt where a record 45,000 people registered to attend. The longest running summit of all the conferences, agreements made in the final moments has left us all with hope but also doubts.