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Joe Biden just about scraped a pass with his first assignment this week, and inspired varying degrees of improvement from his slacker pals Japan, Canada and South Korea.
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UK is the class swot, doing its homework with the Climate Change Committee breathing down its neck.
It is a status Boris Johnson appears uncomfortable with, casually insulting those who actually care about the environment as “bunny huggers”, to general bemusement.
You get the sense he would rather be sharing a cigarette with Scott Morrison behind the bike shed.
To stretch the metaphor, Greta Thunberg is the headteacher poking her head round the door to say they’ve all let the school down.
Except there is no authority dispensing discipline, just peer pressure.
The lone Pacific voice, Marshall Islands President David Kabua, appealed for help for the region.
Climate Change News live blogged all the opening speeches and US climate finance pledge.