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Biden’s Global Climate Debut Risks Falling Short on New Goals

His envoy John Kerry is trying to secure new commitments from world leaders before they gather on Earth Day

President Joe Biden 

President Joe Biden 

Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

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John Kerry has been flying around the world trying to get some of the biggest polluters to step up their fight against climate change in time for a White House summit on April 22. If new goals are the measure of success, the meeting is shaping up to be a disappointment. 

U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate envoy this week touched down in Shanghai, China—the most high profile stop on a tour that’s so far included India, the U.K., Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. Later he’ll travel to Seoul, South Korea.