China and the United States promise to tackle climate change

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The United States and China have agreed to work together to tackle climate change

China and the United States have stated that they have pledged to work with other countries on their efforts to tackle climate change.

It comes after several meetings in Shanghai last week between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart John Kerry.

The two sides have agreed on more specific actions to reduce emissions, a joint statement on Sunday confirmed.

US President Joe Biden said he is hosting a virtual climate summit this week and China is looking forward to it.

However, whether applied to the leaders of the world that Xi Jinping Jintao of China have promised to attend not yet known.

“The United States and China are committed to working with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis. The climate crisis must be addressed with the severity and urgency it demands.” The statement said..

The two countries added that they would continue to discuss “concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping temperature limits in line with the Paris Agreement within reach.”

The two countries also agreed to help developing countries fund the conversion to low-carbon energy.

Li Shuo, Senior Climate Advisor for Environmental Group Greenpeace, described the statement as “positive.”

“We send a very clear message to Reuters that this particular issue (China and the United States) will work together. Before the meeting in Shanghai, this was not a message we could imagine.” Told.

Analysis box by environmental analyst Roger Harabin

Analysis box by environmental analyst Roger Harabin

A joint statement, symbolically announced at the roundtable, will save those who are worried about the planet. It is simply impossible to stabilize climate change unless the superpowers’ super-polluters pull harder.According to a recent report, for example, China 588 coal-fired power plants must be closed To meet that climate pledge.

Is China heading in the right direction when it comes to coal? No-The governor of the area is building more coal-fired power plants to stimulate the economy.

One of the outcomes of the US-China conference is the recognition that the flow of funds should be directed towards low-carbon projects rather than high-carbon projects. Both sides also promised plans to further reduce their own emissions. President Biden will announce his proposal at or before this week’s US summit.

President Nishi is shyly playing about whether to attend the summit. Instead, he may announce more stringent Chinese goals this week at the Boao Forum, a Chinese forum for business and government leaders. And don’t forget: all other nations need to tackle climate, not just superpowers.

Mr. Kelly’s trip to China is the first high-level visit by members of the Biden administration since the inauguration of the new US President.But US and Chinese officials Meet in Alaska last month..

Prior to his trip to Shanghai, Kelly told CNN that China’s cooperation was “absolutely important” to combat the climate crisis.

“Yes, there is a big disagreement with China on absolutely some important issues, but the climate must be independent,” he said.

Climate scientists warn that global heating needs to be kept 2C below pre-industrial levels, aiming for an increasingly ambitious 1.5C goal to avoid the worst climate destruction. I will.