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...and the living ain't easy at tense G20 meeting in Bali


Climate change was spotlighted at the beginning of this month at the COP27 summit in Egypt. There, many representatives sounded the alarm on urgent emissions reduction targets, while others expressed despair that wealthier countries aren’t doing enough. Most of those wealthy countries met earlier this week, November 15 and 16 at the latest G20 summit in Jakarta, Bali (Indonesia) to discuss similar issues. And while they claimed focus on carbon emissions—specifically getting Indonesia's economy off coal—topics skewed towards wider energy discussions as they relate to the war in Ukraine and global geopolitics.


Reuters journalists Fransiska Nangoy and Vladimir Soldatkin reported from the summit with this summary of events:


"A Western-led push to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine dominated Tuesday's Group of 20 (G20) summit on the Indonesian island of Bali where leaders of major economies grappled with a dizzying array of issues from hu


nger to nuclear threats."


"President Vladimir Putin's Feb. 24 invasion of neighbourin


g Ukraine has pummelled the global economy and revived Cold War-era geopolitical divisions just as the world was emerging from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic."


All of this came as a potentially dangerous report rattled headlines late Tuesday of missiles killing two citizens in Poland. It was determined that the missiles were of Ukrainian defensive origin; hopefully fending off fears of the war overflowing into NATO territory, had they been Russian.


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