Historic agreement between China and US to limit greenhouse gases

President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping struck a deal last week at Beijing to limit greenhouse gases. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases is for the first time committed to cap carbon emissions. This country pledged in the far-reaching agreement to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by the end of 2030. It also set a daunting goal of increasing the share of non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country’s energy mix by the year 2030.

The US president announced a plan to cut U.S. emissions to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

The announcement is a unique development in the U.S.-China relationship. The world’s two largest economies, energy consumers, and carbon emitters are reaching across traditional divides and working together to demonstrate leadership on an issue that affects the entire world.

The joint climate announcement could undercut U.S. critics who have said that limiting greenhouse gases is pointless while China refuses to join such efforts. And it might reassure those in China who have argued that carbon emissions should be measured on a per capital basis or by improvements in energy intensity.

Source: Washington Post
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