U.S. President Donald Trump’s skepticism of climate change guarantees that his administration will cede global leadership on the issue. The fact that China, the world’s largest emitter, is willing to pick up the mantle seems like good news for the planet. But it is too soon to breathe easy.
Last month, Costa Rica ratified the Paris Agreement. After the vote, the environment minister said, “Costa Rica showed the world that it has the courage to take bold and timely decisions to work for a sustainable development.” In an interview, Mariel Yglesias discusses Costa Rica’s climate change policy.
The U.N. recently warned Nigeria that climate change could threaten the government’s agricultural diversification efforts, and that extreme weather events are likely to reduce crop yields and disrupt food distribution. In an email interview, Matthew Page discusses Nigeria’s climate change policy.