2021 - a year of hope in climate battle

A change of US administration and landmark pledges by China, Japan and South Korea are a good start. They should spur stronger action by all nations in November at the United Nations summit in Glasgow.

Last July, a third of Bangladesh was underwater in the worst flooding in years. Severe floods also swept parts of India, China and Japan, while a record hurricane season battered the United States.

The march of climate change is relentless, and the pandemic has had virtually no effect on global warming: Last year tied with 2016 as the hottest on record.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2021, with the headline '2021 - a year of hope in climate battle'. Subscribe