COP26: Politicians and Activists Cautiously Welcome the US-China Climate Change Accord

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United States United StatesThe world’s top two carbon emission nations, The United States and China, made a surprise announcement on Wednesday stating that the two nations have agreed to limit emissions to discuss the global climate crisis.

The agreement was announced at the United Nations COP26 Climate Summit. The climate pact intends to speed up carbon emission reduction toward the objectives set in the 2015 Paris Agreement. 

The accord vows close co-operation on decreasing emission, while a joint working group will likewise “meet consistently to address the environmental crisis” throughout the following decade. 

It held governments worldwide answerable for emissions reductions that would keep Earth’s temperature rise “well underneath” 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). Researchers say that restricting global temperature rises to 1.5C will assist humankind with keeping away from the most exceedingly awful environmental impacts.

UN and the EU called it a significant and encouraging move, yet Greenpeace stated that the two nations expected to take concrete steps.  Frans Timmermans, the EU climate policy head, welcomed the US-China climate accord, saying it would help nations agree at the UN Climate Summit.

Timmermans told Reuters, “It’s truly reassuring to see that those nations that were at odds in countless such regions have figured out some mutual platform on issue that is the greatest challenge that humankind is facing today.”

In a meeting with the NPR, US special climate representative John Kerry expressed that “I’m persuaded that that is the quickest, most ideal way of getting China to move from where it is now.” 

He recognized that the new accord isn’t sufficient to meet the 1.5 degrees C objective of the Paris Pact, yet he defended its potential to stimulate shared responsibility and activity. 

As per China’s climate spokesperson, the declaration was settled after exactly 30 conferences with the United States in recent months. POTUS and his Chinese partner Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual conference scheduled for next week.

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