U.S., China pledge to tackle climate change with 'urgency'

The statement showed the two nations continued to engage in efforts to rein in greenhouse gases, even as the relationship between Washington and Beijing faces rising strains.

4/18/2021 8:01:00 PM

The United States and China agreed to work together to fight climate change 'with the seriousness and urgency that it demands' and pledged to ratchet up efforts to combat rising temperatures, the two nations said in a joint statement

The statement showed the two nations continued to engage in efforts to rein in greenhouse gases, even as the relationship between Washington and Beijing faces rising strains.

The news:The two nations agreed to lay out their long-term visions to achieve net-zero emissions at the international climate change talks set for November in Glasgow, Scotland. And they reiterated their support for the Paris climate agreement's goal of keeping global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, while pursing efforts to keep temperatures from climbing 1.5 degrees C.

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Context:The statement by special climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, comesafter Kerry made a last-minute trip to Asia ahead of President Joe Biden's two-day climate summit that begins on Thursday. While the statement did not include

any specific new policy actions, it appeared to calm nerves among activists who have been worried that global efforts to address climate change would suffer because of the frosty relations between the two countries that are top greenhouse gas emitters. headtopics.com

"Many details remain to be filled in, but this is a positive statement given the tense relationship. The pledge to pursue 'enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s' and to put forward net zero plans by Glasgow are both useful steps forward,"

, a senior associate at think tank E3G.The details:China also said it would ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to limit hydrofluorocarbons, a measure that experts say would curb emissions of the refrigerant that could warm the planet by 0.5 C by the end of the century. Biden has instructed the State Department to prepare ratification of that measure

for Senate approval.The nations also agreed to "maximize international investment and finance" for a transition to cleaner energy in developing countries and to discuss "concrete actions" to curb emissions this decade, such as by increasing renewable energy deployment.

Background:Both nations are credited with driving global momentum for the 2015 Paris Agreement when they announced a bilateral emissions deal ahead of those talks. Kerry and Xie alluded to their workduring the run-up to the agreement in the new statement, with an eye toward pushing other countries at the November Glasgow climate talks to increase the ambition of headtopics.com

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Poor Matt. His Daddy bought him a nice job in Congress and looked the other way as he behaved like he was on Spring Break. Now even the worst president in US history won't even return his calls. Hopefully the 'fellas' in prison won't be mean and unfair. Apparently the Chinese are smarter than the Republicans and don't need the bribe money from the oil industry.

Really? What else has China agreed to? Good, the cooperation between the US and China will benefit the whole world. China is already the leader in wind power and solar power. dumb fuck. Just like china will keep it's word. They set the virus free on purpose If this admin really believes CCP will honor any part of this agreement. They are beyond delusional. china been saying this for decades and they dgaf. They’ll agree to anything that will weaken other govs. Continue going about their biz

Yeah right. China will do nothing. This is all BS and smoke. China will be the beneficiary and the US will get weaker China is not trustworthy, as demonstrated by their response to the Coronavirus outbreak and their military aggression among other things. Talk... China, biggest population biggest polluters. Just hope China really do their part and not all talk and for show.

John kerry couldn't negotiate his way out of a Chinese restaurant. Nothing but optics China gonna go on BAU and the US is committing economic suicide. Cool. OMG! Kerry’s in on it? It’ll get screwed up for sure. And he’ll want to give Billions of 💵 to China It’s a positive development that Beijing and Washington are agreeing to combat climate change. Even as the USA is trying goad the PRC into a war that could escalate into a conflict involving weapons that will wipe out humanity anyway, r.e. the rogue Chinese province of Taiwan.

What rising temps? It's mid April and they're predicting 3-6 inches of snow. Did John Kerry get a nose job? Great! Let’s value China’s pledges here as highly as we valued their pledges about Hong Kong Why trust a country that praises the nuclear waste dumped into the Pacific? 🤣🤣🤣 and China also promised to keep bio labs strictly secure to prevent a global pandemic ... 🤣🤣🤣

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Can you trust the promises made by CCP China? CCPGlobalThreat CCPLiedPeopleDied

Prestem atenção na mensagem de arrependimento que o Senhor está dando para essa geração, arrependa-se de seus pecados e seja livrado da ira vindoura. . Esse mundo está chegando ao fim, será sábio os que se preparar prá sai daqui. Let me translate: China is willing to agree to the United States restricting all of its businesses and stifling all American corporations.

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Kerry phenomenal at talk. Where’s there’s the do? The talk agreement?