/ 19 April 2021

China, US call a truce on climate crisis

It’s not all bad news on the China-US front… The nations say they’ll work together on climate change “with the seriousness and urgency that it demands”. After talks in Shanghai, America’s Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua said they’ll work on specific actions to reduce emissions – and they’ll provide funding for developing countries to switch to greener energy sources. China and the US pump out nearly half of the globe’s greenhouse gas emissions, and there were worries that ongoing issues over human rights, trade, and China’s geopolitical ambitions would prohibit progress. “It’s very important for us to keep those other things away because climate is a life-or-death issue in so many different parts of the world,” Kerry said yesterday. The agreement comes before President Joe Biden will host world leaders – including Australia’s – in a virtual climate summit on 22 April.

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