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The Great Climate Backslide: How Governments Are Regressing Worldwide

From the U.S. to China, harsh economic realities mean the political will for painful choices is evaporating fast.

Coal is driven from a mine in Datong, China.

Coal is driven from a mine in Datong, China.

Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

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At the conclusion of COP26 in November, summit chairman Alok Sharma praised the “heroic efforts” by nations showing they can rise above their differences and unite to tackle climate change, an outcome he said “the world had come to doubt.” 

Turns out the world was right to be skeptical.