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China and US release joint declaration on climate action

The United States and China have released a rare joint declaration, pledging to take action on climate change.

The “enhancing climate action in the 2020s” document commits to develop long-term strategies to reach net zero.

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China’s top climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua said China and the United States agreed to the declaration this afternoon.

The declaration commits the two countries to concrete measures to achieve the Paris Agreement goals of keeping global warming below 2C, and “pursuing efforts” to limit it to 1.5C by the end of the twenty-first century.

“We committed to adopt enhanced climate actions in order to achieve the Paris agreement goal and strengthen its implementation,” he said.

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Zhenua labeled climate change an “existential threat” to humanity and says the declaration will address clean energy, clean coal, methane reduction and banning deforestation.

IMAGE – “Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Wikimedia Commons

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