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Climate change summit begins with tempered expectations

Some big international conferences begin with high ambition and end in ignominious failure. Some start with modest ambition and achieve major success. It’s too early to tell how the UN climate conference in Glasgow will go. Yet as the biggest climate negotiations since the Paris Agreement in 2015 began today in Scotland, the British hosts were making strikingly downbeat assessments of its chances of achieving further progress on taming climate change.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in Rome for the G20 summit over the weekend, rated its chance of success at six out of 10. He called national commitments on cutting emissions so far “drops in a rapidly warming ocean.”

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