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Swiss minister welcomes joint US and China climate statement


Climate protesters outside the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 11, 2021. Keystone / Robert Perry

Swiss Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga praised a surprising US-China climate change statement made this week at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

This content was published on November 12, 2021 – 09:56

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“If the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters want to work together, that’s a good thing,” she told reporters in the Scottish city on Thursday. But all countries need to work towards their climate goals, she said.

“We need every country to work together,” she added.

On Wednesday evening, the United States and China, the world’s two largest emitters of carbon dioxide, unveiled a deal to step up cooperation on tackling climate change, including by reducing methane emissions, phasing out coal consumption and protecting forests. . However, the symbolic deal still lacks details.

The announcement recalled China-US cooperation in 2014, when officials under Barack Obama and Xi helped Jinping lay the groundwork for the landmark Paris accord a year later to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. .

Pressure is mounting as negotiators in Glasgow enter the final day of negotiations on how to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic.

After nearly two weeks of talks, the nearly 200 countries represented at COP26 continue to disagree on a range of issues — from how rich countries should compensate poor countries for damage caused by climate-driven disasters to how often countries should update their emissions pledges.

A new draft paper released Friday morning weakened the language used in previous texts to address the phase-out of fossil fuels. Delegates will conclude the meeting on Friday at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Switzerland announced it is committing $25 million to fund poor countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change.