When President Trump announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement, America officially ceded its global leadership on climate change.
It was a dramatic shift, and it was meant to be.
“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Mr. Trump said in repudiating the accord.
Since then, others have taken up the climate leadership role. However, political analysts say it’s not clear whether any of them can replace the United States and the immense diplomatic machinery it commands when engaged on an issue.
In this article The New York Times takes a look at some of the strengths those leaders bring and the challenges they face.
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