World in crisis a grim backdrop for UN climate talks

  • FILE - A man stands in shallow water near the dry riverbed of the Yangtze River in southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality, Aug. 19, 2022. Earth’s warming weather and rising seas are getting worse and doing so faster than before, the World Meteorological Organization warned Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in a somber note as world leaders started gathering for international climate negotiations in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

  • A man holds a sign to protest climate change denial, at the entrance of the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Envoys from around the globe gathered Sunday in the Egyptian seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for talks on tackling climate change amid a multitude of competing crises, including the war in Ukraine, high inflation, food shortages and an energy crunch.