As big 2024 elections loom, what's at stake for climate action?
(Context, 15 Jan 2024) With millions voting this year from the US to India and the EU, more extreme weather could bump climate change up the agenda.
When U.S. voters head to the polls in November to decide a likely showdown between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump, they will join the ranks of about two billion people voting worldwide this year.
In a record year for democracy, nations that are home to more than half the global population will have elections, including Indonesia in February, India by May and the United States and Britain later in the year.
The countries holding elections are responsible for more than 40% of the world's planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions.
After the hottest year on record in 2023, what could the elections mean for efforts to fight climate change?
Where do Biden and Trump stand on climate change?
The 2024 elections in the United States, which is responsible for 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the No. 2 emitter after China, could have a significant impact on the government's environmental approach.