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President Biden speaks at a meeting during COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

GLASGOW, Scotland — Addressing his fellow world leaders at the COP26 climate summit, President Biden apologized for former President Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.

Why it matters: Biden is trying to rally more ambitious climate action at the crucial summit in Glasgow, and he elected to acknowledge the elephant in the room — that it's no sure thing that the only country in the world to withdraw from Paris will be embraced as a moral leader on climate.

What he's saying: "I guess I shouldn't apologize, but I do apologize for the fact that the United States under the last administration pulled out of the Paris accord. That kind of put us behind the eight ball a bit," Biden said.

  • Biden also suggested that Americans had been slow to acknowledge the threat from climate change.
  • "The American people, four or five years ago, weren't at all sure about climate change, whether it was real. Well, they have, as they say in southern parts of my state, seen the lord. They've seen what's happened back home, the incredible changes that are taking place, and they're now finally — finally, finally, finally — realizing the sense of urgency that you all are."

Context: Biden was seated alongside fellow presidents and prime ministers at a gathering on climate "ambition and solidarity" hosted by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

  • "When future historians look back on the 2020s, I think they'll find that we let this final chance to stem the crisis slip through our fingers because we did too little or failed to act, or are they going to say that in the 2020s we stepped up and ... to do what's necessary?" Biden asked.
  • "The United States, if I have anything to do with it, will do our part," he said.

Go deeper: Biden urges world to "answer history's call" at COP26

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Nov 29, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Fall is trending warmer in Minneapolis

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Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios Visuals

This year's warm fall was not just a one-off. Autumn in Minnesota is getting warmer.

The details: The number of days with above-average temperatures in fall has been creeping up for the past 50 years in Minneapolis, according to NOAA data analyzed by climate science research group Climate Central.

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First known U.S. case of the Omicron variant identified in California

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The first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant was detected in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: The confirmed case was detected in a traveler returning from South Africa who was fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms, according to the CDC.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.