Like most of us round the globe, I am sitting in my home office roasted as the UK has it's 3rd heat wave this summer. Temperatures across Europe have caused governments to issue health warnings. Portugal, Spain and France have seen temperatures rise well above 40C (104F), and in the UK, the government has issued an extreme weather notice. Experts say heatwaves and droughts are becoming more frequent and extreme because of climate change.
So when I read the news of the landmark US bill approved by the US Senate as a game changer for Americans and global efforts to tackle the root causes of rising temperatures, I had a sceptical hat on. Ultimately what I wanted to know is what will it achieve in terms of reining in global temperatures?
Consumers will get incentives under the bill to use alternatives and tax credits etc. Taken together with measures to penalise methane leaks and $20bn to cut emissions in agriculture, the whole package will likely cut US emissions by 40% below 2005 levels, according to analysis. However, that still falls short of the 50-52% promised by Biden last year.
In the article you can read more about the reaction from other countries and the impact the Bill has had on the relationship with China.
After reading this article it made me go right back to our strategy on how we help the global supply base tackle their environmental challenges, as this journey needs all hands on deck. Every win like this needs to be jumped on to ensure we continue to drive change because one thing is certain - it's going to get hotter.
"Although the US bill provides $370bn in climate spending, those of us in the Global South are wondering why the US and other rich countries have failed to keep their own promise to collectively provide $100bn of climate finance to poor and vulnerable countries by 2020," said Mohamed Adow, the director of the Power Shift Africa think tank, who welcomed the progress the bill represents.