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The World Is Too Busy to Do Its Climate Summit Homework

Few countries that promised more ambitious emissions cuts at COP26 in Glasgow have submitted new plans. The good news is some big emitters have unexpectedly made progress on transitioning to a lower carbon economy.

A seagull flies as a rainbow rises the sea west of the Noto Peninsula, Japan, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. 

A seagull flies as a rainbow rises the sea west of the Noto Peninsula, Japan, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. 

Photographer: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought the largest war to Europe in decades, sparked global food and energy crises, worsened inflation — and distracted leaders from the big climate promises they made last year at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.