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Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday cited climate change as the top issue the world must collaborate on, and BP CEO Bob Dudley said he was enthusiastic about solar energy.

Why it matters: Each of their comments, made on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, underscores a prevailing global sentiment: Most other world leaders and the world’s biggest energy companies are moving forward on renewable energy and addressing climate change regardless of President Trump, whose policies are moving America in reverse on these issues.

Gritty details:

  • “Glaciers are receding, ice caps are melting in the Arctic, many islands are sinking,” Modi said in his address. “There can be floods, or there can be drought, we are seeing the impact of extreme weather conditions.” He went on to say that countries have not worked together on living up to their pledges to the Paris climate deal, which Trump has said America will withdraw from. “We should all have come out of our limited narrow confines and we should have demonstrated solidarity,” Modi said.
  • Dudley said in an interview with Bloomberg that he’s “enthusiastic” about developing solar projects. He also said the Trump administration’s decision earlier this week to impose tariffs on solar imports is “not going to change our direction.”

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What’s next: Expect similar messages today, with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on tap to speak. Both world leaders attended the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, last year, to stress the importance of acting on the issue, despite Trump.

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Updated 16 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: The Celebrate America event, with remarks by Biden and Harris.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
41 mins ago - Politics & Policy

President Biden faces a deeply broken America

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.