China-U.S. Climate Pact Gives Hope That Global Talks Aren’t Dead

November 12, 2014 1:28 PM

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There’s little hope for the planet to avoid many of the troubling climate-change scenarios scientists have predicted without cooperation between the world’s first and second largest carbon emitters: China and the U.S. While President Barack Obama was in Beijing for the APEC summit on Tuesday, he joined with Chinese President Xi Jinping in an announcement of ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.S. pledged to trim net greenhouse gas emissions at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. China has adopted targets to increase the share of renewable energy in its total energy mix to 20 percent by 2030, and to see total carbon emissions peak the same year.

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