Kerry sees rekindled EU ties shifting global climate momentum
BRUSSELS — A renewed alliance between the U.S. and the European Union on climate issues could shift the dynamics of crucial global talks, encouraging China and other major polluters to step up their efforts to reduce emissions, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said.
The new U.S. administration and the 27-nation bloc are tightening links in the fight against global warming in a sign that major international alliances will be key to making a crunch summit this November a success. Kerry arrived in Brussels Tuesday and discussed green diplomatic outreach with top European Commission officials.
Five years since nations pledged in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming and avoid the worst effects of climate change, countries are still well behind in their climate pledges.
The global level of ambition needs to increase between threefold and fivefold to deliver on the accord to try and limit warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, according to the United Nations Emissions Gap Report.
Kerry and EU climate czar Frans Timmermans urged all countries to ramp up climate action on Tuesday. China, which last year set a target to reach climate neutrality by 2060, pledged only incremental improvements in the near-term under its new five-year plan.
— Bloomberg News
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