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US climate envoy Kerry says China, India, Russia must do more to tackle warming

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December 1, 2021

By Katy Daigle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on Wednesday said major emitters of greenhouse gases such as China, India, Russia and others must move faster to help the world. prevent the worst effects of global warming.

Governments pledged to cut carbon dioxide and methane emissions are not currently enough to limit global warming to the international target of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels this century.

“And that means you have China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, a group of countries that will have to step up,” Kerry said.

“And we have to help them,” Kerry said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. “It’s not just about the responsibility being dumped on them.”

Kerry said Washington is working with countries to help them accelerate their transition to cleaner forms of energy and reduce emissions. He pointed to US support for India’s clean energy initiatives, as well as a joint agreement the US secured with China last month in which Beijing pledged to accelerate emissions reductions.

Kerry added that private investment in clean energy technologies – including green hydrogen, long-term storage batteries, modular nuclear reactors and carbon capture – is also critical to tackling climate change. Queen.

Last month, world governments agreed during a climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to review their national emissions-cutting pledges by 2022 to help ensure the world is achievable. The 1.5C target set by the Paris Agreement in 2015. Scientists have warned that crossing that threshold could unleash catastrophic climate impacts ranging from sea level rise to powerful storms, droughts and droughts. more frequent droughts and floods.

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(Written by Richard Valdmanis; Edited by Cynthia Osterman)

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