April 23, 2021 1:30 PM, EDT

Biden Calls for Fourth Industrial Revolution to Close Climate Summit

 World leaders listen remotely during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23World leaders listen remotely during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23 (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via Bloomberg News)

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President Joe Biden invited world leaders to join the U.S. in driving a “fourth industrial revolution” to transform the energy sector, create jobs and overcome the threat of climate change, capping his two-day summit on global warming April 23.

Biden cast the event as a success in galvanizing greater ambition to slash greenhouse gas emissions, as world leaders prepare for a critical United Nations meeting on climate in Glasgow in November.

Announcements by Japan, Canada, the European Union, U.K. and other nations “mean that half of the world’s economy is now committed to the pace of actions that we need — at a pace we need — to limit warming to 1.5 degrees,” Biden said. Keeping warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is seen as a critical tipping point to avoiding irreversible impacts of climate change. Biden stressed that’s “a point of no return.”

But without action to implement those commitments, the pledges are “just a lot of hot air,” Biden said.

He pointed to the possibility for further climate progress between the U.S. and India, the world’s No. 3 greenhouse gas emitter. “I’m looking forward to working with India’s Prime Minister Modi in a new partnership to achieve our climate and energy goals making this core pillar of our bilateral cooperation,” Biden said.

Biden also highlighted the potential for collaboration with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on climate, despite other ongoing U.S.-Russia tensions.

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