According to a new report, China emits more greenhouse gas than the entire developed world. Rhodium Group estimates that China emitted 27 percent of all greenhouse gases in the year 2019.
According to the new report, the US was second in emissions at 11 percent and India was third with 6.6 percent. China’s emissions have tripled over the past three decades. While China has vowed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, the country is heavily reliant on coal power. China is currently running 1058 coal power plants which is more than half the world’s capacity.
Despite diplomatic tensions between the US and China, President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry travelled to China to discuss how to work together to combat climate change. In a joint statement, the two sides committed to working together and with other countries on tackling the issue. Under the Paris accord, signed in 2015 by 197 nations, each country involved has pledged to lower global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Leaders will come together for COP26, a climate change summit, in November in Glasgow, UK to accelerate towards the goals set by the Paris accord. So far, the world is nowhere near reaching the goals set.
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