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US and China vow to curb global warming TOGETHER in rare joint declaration

THE US and China spectacularly vowed to curb global warming TOGETHER in a rare joint declaration at the COP26 conference.

The rival nations put aside their differences in Glasgow and pledged to takeenhancedaction to get a grip of the climate crisis over the next ten years.

China and the US pledged to work together to tackle the climate crisis at the COP26 conference

China and the US pledged to work together to tackle the climate crisis at the COP26 conference信用: 法新社
The rival nations put aside their differences for the sake of the planet in Glasgow

The rival nations put aside their differences for the sake of the planet in Glasgow信用: 盖蒂

They committed to working together to cap global temperature rises to 1.5C while also agreeing to take specific measures to cut methane emissions.

Over the next decade, China and the USthe world’s two largest pollutersalso said they would enforce bans on imports linked to illegal deforestation.

China also doubled down on their earlier promise tophase down coal consumption” 从 2026 and ensured they wouldmake the best efforts to accelerate this work.

The countries assured they wouldwork co-operativelyat the COP26 conference in a bid to convince other nations to join a deal to speed up carbon-reduction pledges.

Negotiators from the other 195 countries had feared tensions between China and the US would boil over in Glasgow, due to their chequered history.

But China’s climate envoy Xie Zhenhua told reporters: “We both see that the challenge of climate change is an existential and a severe one.

We hope that this joint declaration can make a China-US contribution to the success of COP26.

US envoy John Kerry added: “We’ve no shortage of differences but, on climate, co-operation is the only way to get this job done.

Just last week President Joe Biden slammed President Xi fornot turning upat the UN conference.

Now the UK government has its fingers crossed that the reconciliation will persuade other countries to commit to curbing emissions.

The likes of fossil fuel exporters Saudi Arabia have been looking to limit the aims of the landmark eco pact by world leaders to tackle global warming head-on.

Boris Johnson said if global figuresstood in the wayof a purposeful deal people would find itabsolutely incomprehensible”.

He said countries had beenpatting themselves on the backsince signing the Paris Agreement six years agobut were nowquietly edging toward default”.

TRUCE

A source close to the agreement talks said China and the USunion had been helpful, but reiterated that all 197 nations must agree to sign off the deal.

The first draft of the agreement published on Wednesdaycalls uponcountries toaccelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels”.

But there are still some issues to iron out, including a new system where countries would have to update their climate promises more regularly and enforce a method to verify carbon-reduction claims.

Chief executive of climate-change think tank the E3G, Nick Mabey, said the ceasefire between the US and China would likely encourage other countries to return to the table next year with even more ambitious reduction targets.

This truce between US and China, which have been sniping at each other, could help deliver a transformational Glasgow outcome,” he told The Times.

The draft agreement called on wealthier countries to step up financial support for poorer nations and to help them deal with the effects of climate change.

And it urged leaders to strengthen their carbon-cutting targets and submit long-term strategies for reaching net zero by the end of 2022.

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