US and China promise to curb global warming TOGETHER in a rare joint statement at COP26

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The United States and China promised to tackle global warming together in a rare joint statement at the COP26 conference.

Rival nations put aside their differences in Glasgow and pledged to take “improved” action to address the climate crisis over the next decade.

China and the United States pledged to work together to address the climate crisis at the COP26 conference

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China and the United States pledged to work together to address the climate crisis at the COP26 conferenceCredit: Reuters
Rival nations cast aside their differences, despite tensions between US President Biden and President of China Xi

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Rival nations cast aside their differences, despite tensions between US President Biden and President of China XiCredit: AP

They pledged to work together to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C, while also agreeing to take specific measures to reduce methane emissions.

In the following decade, China and the United States, the world’s two biggest polluters, have also said they will apply import bans linked to illegal deforestation.

China also doubled down on its earlier pledge to “gradually reduce coal consumption” from 2026 and assured it would “make the best efforts to accelerate this work.”

The countries assured that they would “work cooperatively” at the COP26 conference in an effort to get other nations to join an agreement to accelerate carbon reduction commitments.

Negotiators from the other 195 countries had feared that tensions between China and the United States would explode in Glasgow, due to their controlled history.

But China’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua said, “We both see the challenge of climate change as existential and grave.

“We hope that this joint declaration will make a China-US contribution to the success of COP26”.

US envoy John Kerry added: “There is no shortage of differences but, on the climate, cooperation is the only way to accomplish this work.”

Just last week, President Joe Biden criticized President Xi for “failing to show up” at the United Nations conference.

Now the UK government has its fingers crossed that reconciliation will convince other countries to commit to reducing emissions.

Saudi Arabia’s fossil fuel exporters have sought to limit the goals of world leaders’ historic ecological pact to tackle global warming head-on.

Boris Johnson said that if global figures “thwarted” a purposeful deal, people would find it “utterly incomprehensible”.

He said countries have “patted themselves on the back” since they signed the Paris Agreement six years ago, but are now “quietly heading for default.”

“TRUCE”

A source close to the deal talks said China and the U.S. union were helpful, but reiterated that all 197 nations must agree to sign the deal.

The first draft of the agreement released Wednesday “calls” countries to “accelerate the phasing out of coal and fossil fuel subsidies.”

But there are still some problems to iron out, including a new system where countries should update their climate promises more regularly and apply a method to verify carbon reduction claims.

CEO of the think tank on climate change E3G, Nick Mabey, said the US-China deal is likely to encourage other countries to return to the table next year with even more ambitious reduction targets.

“This truce between the US and China, which have targeted each other, could help achieve a transformative outcome in Glasgow,” he said. Times.

The draft agreement called on richer countries to strengthen financial support for poorer nations and help them cope with the effects of climate change.

And he urged leaders to strengthen their carbon reduction goals and come up with long-term strategies to reach net zero by the end of 2022.

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Nations have pledged to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C over the next decadeCredit: AFP
Boris Johnson warns that the COP26 deal “hangs in the balance” and begs world leaders to “eliminate all stops”

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