US and China Agree on Framework to Tackle Climate Issues | Live updates

US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a joint statement by China and the United States on a declaration strengthening climate action in the 2020s at the COP26 climate change conference on 10 November 2021. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The world’s two biggest carbon polluters, China and the United States, pledged Wednesday to increase their cooperation on climate action in a joint statement released at the United Nations climate talks. United Nations in Glasgow.

In separate press conferences, China’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and his US counterpart John Kerry said the two countries would work together to accelerate the emission cuts needed to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature targets. of 2015 on climate change.

“The beauty of all of this is that the steps we’re taking, we believe, can answer the questions people have about the pace at which China is going and help China and us to be able to accelerate our efforts.” , said Kerry.

Governments agreed in Paris to jointly cut emissions enough to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times, with a stricter goal of trying to maintain warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Celsius). Fahrenheit) preferred.

Both sides recognize that there is a gap between global efforts to reduce emissions and the goals of the Paris agreement, Xie said.

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