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US-China pledge to tackle climate change

6:37 AM: What’s on the agenda for Thursday?

Xie Zhenhua, China’s special climate envoy, speaks during a joint China-US statement on a statement to promote climate action in the 2020s on day eleven of the COP26 Climate Change Conference at the SEC on Nov. 10, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The COP26 summit will enter its final few days with the conclusion of negotiations that will begin on Friday and end on Saturday.

Delegates and activists will digest the surprising promise of China and the US, the world’s largest carbon polluters, to increase cooperation on climate action.

China’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua told reporters on Wednesday that the two countries have reached an agreement calling for “concrete and pragmatic” regulations on decarbonising, reducing methane emissions and fighting deforestation, Xie said, according to Reuters.

US climate envoy John Kerry noted that the statement is a “step in the right direction”.

The focus of Thursday’s summit will be on ‘Cities, regions and the built environment’ and will be aimed at promoting climate action in the places where we live, from communities to cities and regions,” COP26 organizers say.

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