Climate envoy John Kerry announced Wednesday that the United States and China have agreed to “raise climate ambition” and work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, although the outlined agreement contained few details about actions China will take.
Kerry presented the joint declaration as a big development over a statement both governments agreed to in April. Since then, some in the administration, including President Joe Biden, have been publicly critical of China for not committing to more ambitious emissions reductions.
“The U.S. and China have no shortage of differences, but on climate, cooperation is the only way to get things done,” Kerry said during a press conference at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow.
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The agreement commits the governments of the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters to cooperating on developing regulatory frameworks for reducing emissions, “maximizing the societal benefits of the clean energy transition,” and encouraging decarbonization and e …