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G-7 Falls Short on Climate Even With U.S. Back in Paris Deal

Leaders didn’t set a date to stop burning coal, or agree on a target for electric-vehicle adoption

First Day Of G-7 Leaders Summit
Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Group of Seven leaders stopped short of setting concrete measures to limit global warming, an outcome that bodes poorly for key climate negotiations later this year.

Leaders of some of the biggest economies met over the weekend for the first time since the U.S. rejoined the Paris climate deal, with President Joe Biden seeking to show unity on the issue after four years of backtracking under Donald Trump. Yet the final communique lacked firm commitments on stopping coal use, raising money to help developing countries, and shifting away from polluting cars.