Climate Aid Urgency Is Tempered by New Optimism at UN Conference

Sept. 20, 2021, 5:52 PM

Officials gathered at the United Nations voiced both urgency and some optimism on the chances for meeting a $100 billion target in annual climate aid to developing nations, as the U.S. envoy dangled the prospect that President Joe Biden is about to pledge more funding.

The mixed message was delivered by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who started off telling a climate roundtable in New York Monday that “the gulf between what has been promised, what is actually being delivered, and what needs to happen -- it remains vast.”

But Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has ...

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