The second day of the high-stakes U.N. global climate summit in Glasgow was defined by pledges to cut methane and halt deforestation. President Biden shared his final remarks with the media before closing out a trip where he sought to reconnect the U.S. with the rest of the world on climate.

World leaders have made significant pledges to slow climate change so far at COP26 — but not enough to stave off a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. After leaders depart Tuesday, negotiators will keep working over the next two weeks, but chances of a breakthrough by the talks’ conclusion remain uncertain.

Here’s what to know

  • The Biden administration unveiled a sweeping set of policies to cut emissions of methane — a key greenhouse gas — in the nation’s oil and gas operations, in what is probably the president’s most consequential effort to fight climate change to date.
  • More than 100 world leaders representing countries with over 85 percent of the world’s forests pledged to halt deforestation over the next decade.
  • Biden is scheduled to give a news conference around 3:30 p.m. Eastern time before concluding his European trip.
  • Many young activists attending the summit have expressed frustration with the long-term targets presented by government officials. To them, pledges to reach net-zero by 2050, 2060 or 2070 just look like kicking the can further down the road.