US urges greater ambition as UN Security Council tackles climate
"The climate crisis isn't coming. It's already here and clear patterns are emerging and its impact, the consequences, are falling disproportionately on vulnerable and low-income populations," Blinken said.
In a veiled reference to China, the only emitter larger than the United States, Blinken highlighted President Joe Biden's pledge before the United Nations on Tuesday to double financial support for the hardest-hit countries.
"We urge other governments to step up in making these investments, particularly those like the United States that are the biggest emitters," Blinken said.
The Security Council meeting called by current president Ireland follows a first top-level session on climate led by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in February.
Russia has been skeptical, saying that climate does not fit the agenda of the Security Council.
He said that at least 30 million people were displaced by climate-related disasters last year and that "no region is immune."
"Our window of opportunity to prevent the worst climate impacts is rapidly closing," he warned.