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Biden called climate change an ‘existential threat.’ Can the U.N. Security Council help?

By Joshua Busby, Morgan Bazilian and Florian Kramp

For the month of March, newly confirmed U.S. ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as the rotating president of the U.N. Security Council, where climate change has become an increasingly discussed topic. President Biden has called climate change an “existential threat” and emphasized its importance by appointing John F. Kerry as a special presidential envoy with a seat on the White House National Security Council. Biden has already issued executive orders directing the country’s intelligence agencies to assess related risks and directing other parts of government to examine the links between climate change and migration.

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