The U.S. and China, the source of the largest carbon emissions, have agreed to cooperate on urgent climate change mitigation. It was reported by CBS News, citing an official statement.
The agreement was reached by U.S. Special Representative for Climate Affairs John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua during two days of talks in Shanghai. Kerry said they discussed how to accelerate the global energy transition. “I never shied away from expressing our view, shared by many, of the need to reduce coal everywhere,” he said.
China is the largest consumer of coal in the world, followed by the United States. Excessive consumption leads to carbon emissions that greatly heat up the planet, contributing to climate change.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has previously pledged to drastically reduce emissions within 30 years. The U.S. also officially returned to the Paris climate agreement.
On March 26, Biden invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the climate talks scheduled for April 22-23. The Kremlin said on April 19 that the Russian leader would attend the online summit.