Kerry said that as the dangers posed by climate change become more clear, the urgency of the problem means that countries must work together to confront it, or else face a “mutual suicide pact across the planet.”
Kerry said they will not entangle other political issues with China’s cooperation — or lack thereof. “President Biden has made it clear and I’ve made it clear: None of the other issues we have with China — and there are issues — is held hostage to, or is engaged in a trade for what we need to do on climate,” he said. ...
While China pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, analysis by the independent “Climate Action Tracker” says its coal production levels continue to be “inconsistent with the Paris Agreement.” Their contribution thus far is rated “highly insufficient.” “We want to work with China in doing this. What President Biden has said is, we will have our differences on some issues. We clearly do. So does India,” the former U.S. secretary of state said. “But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the crisis before all of us which requires all of us to respond, and that’s the climate crisis.”
Researchers from Bar-Ilan University say pandemic-related health policy guidelines remind them of conditions that existed during the Holocaust. This includes long periods of isolation and separation from family members...The survey reveals levels of PTSD and loneliness are much higher in Holocaust survivors. Over 50 percent of Holocaust survivors reported feeling lonely.
"The probability of a 100-year flood event is now so rare it has only been occurring once every 358 years on average since 1970." ...
"In present-day conditions, 100-year flood events have globally become so rare that they now (since 1970) only occur once every 358 years on average. And 50-year floods only occur once every 152 years on average.
With the cooler climate conditions of the 1970s, there was a 45% probability that a 50-year flood would occur. In today’s conditions, however, there is only an 18% chance that a 50-year flood will occur."