“I guess I shouldn’t apologize, but I do apologize for the fact that the United States — the last administration pulled out of the Paris accord. It put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit.” That’s how Joe Biden kicked off remarks at the United Nations’ climate summit. Since we’re apologizing, I’d like to apologize on behalf of the rest of humanity. Sir David Attenborough told world leaders, “The world is looking to you.” Sadly, it doesn’t like what it sees. India set goals for 2070 (20 years after the COP goal) and China didn’t attend at all. Here’s the latest from CNN and BBC.

+ UN Sec General António Guterres: “It’s time to say enough — enough of brutalizing biodiversity, enough of killing ourselves with carbon, enough of treating nature like a toilet.” (That analogy would work better if every time you sat on the toilet, the seat lit your ass on fire.)

+ “Earth desperately needs people to stop burning coal, the biggest single source of greenhouse gases, to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change — including the intense flooding that has cost agricultural jobs in India. But people rely on coal. It is the world’s biggest source of fuel for electric power.”

+ “There were other things, of course: increased alcohol and drug use, anxiety, depression, anger, survivor’s guilt, grief. A select few were completely fine, telling me how the fire gave them a chance to rebuild their lives in a better way. But mostly, I heard about PTSD.” Andrea Stanley in WaPo Magazine: The Coming Age of Climate Trauma.

+ Haunting Images Depict Children at the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis.