Update: White House Confirms Obama’s Climate Summit Participation

July 24, 2014, 8:25 a.m.

12:24 p.m. — It’s of­fi­cial: Pres­id­ent Obama will be among the world lead­ers at a big United Na­tions cli­mate sum­mit in New York City on Sept. 23. The White House, in a state­ment to Na­tion­al Journ­al, has con­firmed a re­port in Re­spond­ing to Cli­mate Change (RT­CC) that Obama would at­tend. Obama’s de­cision to show up ar­rives as the White House is mak­ing cli­mate change a ma­jor second-term pri­or­ity. The Septem­ber event is de­signed to provide mo­mentum for sep­ar­ate, form­al UN-led ne­go­ti­ations aimed at fi­nal­iz­ing a new glob­al cli­mate ac­cord in Par­is in late 2015. UN cli­mate chief Chris­ti­ana Figueres told RT­CC that Chinese Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping will be at­tend the Sept. 23 sum­mit too. China is the world’s largest green­house gas emit­ter. The U.S. is num­ber two. — Ben Ge­man

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