Environment & Energy Report

Green Movement Set for Clash with Populists Over Climate Change

Dec. 16, 2018, 3:13 PM

The global environmental movement set itself on a collision course with populists from Australia to France and the U.S. over an agenda of ever-tightening curbs on greenhouse gases.

Fresh from endorsing rules to implement the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, diplomats, along with pressure groups and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, are shifting toward persuading governments to back deeper cuts in fossil fuel emissions.

Spodek Hall in Katowice, Poland, where the United Nations held its COP24 conference on climate change.
Photographer: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

The effort, which will culminate at a UN leaders summit in September, is aimed at reining in greenhouse gases. While scientists say that’s necessary to stave off more of the kind of violent...

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