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COP26: US, China agree to work together on climate change mitigation


12/11/2021 –

the US and China reached an unexpected agreement this week to work more closely fight climate change, during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

A virtual summit was expected to take place between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi JinpingAs the latter chose not to attend the conference, but with trepidation over other issues haunting bilateral ties, neither the White House nor the Chinese government had confirmed the plan Friday morning.

The two countries, the world’s biggest polluters, released a joint agreement on Wednesday confirming that the two would to collaborate to fight the climate crisis urgently this decade.

The agreement states that both countries, the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, will establish a working group “which will meet regularly” to discuss climate measures.

China produces: 27% of global greenhouse gas emissions, significantly more than the rest of the developed world.

The US, the second largest emitter, produces 11%.

The two countries agreed to “understand the seriousness and urgency of the climate crisis” by committing to “accelerated actions in the critical decade of the 2020s, as well as through cooperation in multilateral processes.”

While it’s light on specific goals, the pledge puts it in writing that both parties agree on the need to to collaborate and individually to reduce emissions and usher in a clean energy transition.

The pledge states that both countries will work towards: lower carbon and methane emissions and use green technology such as: Carbon uptake and seizure — goals that both countries already agreed to when they signed up for the Paris Agreement in 2015.

A glimmer of hope

While the agreement between the US and China to work together on environmental issues has offered a glimmer of hope, it comes right in the middle little progress at the COP26 summit.

hopes that the delegates in Glasgow would agree to concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius have remained unfulfilled.

Reduce emissionss and as a result global warming, was the goal set by dozens of countries in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and COP26 was meant to make real commitments to deliver on that promise.

The actions put out by many countries, including the biggest polluters, are not thought to be up to the task, and the latest estimate is that the real cuts promised so far at COP26 would still allow the earth to to warm up with about 2.7 degrees Celsius.

Biden had criticized Xi’s no-show at the summit.

“We showed up. And by coming, we’ve had a profound impact on the way I think the rest of the world views the United States and its leadership role,” the US president said.