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On Tuesday, John Kerry met with Japan’s top diplomat, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, to promote global efforts to fight climate change. The U.S. and Japan are the world’s 2nd and 5th largest emitters, respectively. In their meeting, Motegi highlighted that the key to successfully halting climate change is to raise global climate ambition among the greatest polluters, especially in neighboring China. Later this week, Kerry is scheduled to participate in climate talks with his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua.
“China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter and the number two economy as well, and it is extremely important that we encourage China to firmly fulfill its responsibility to match its place,” Motegi told reporters. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said that Japan intends to raise its climate goals to reduce emissions by 50% from 2012 levels to become carbon neutral by 2050.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Late last week, President Biden and a critical mass of Democrats in the Senate and House agreed on the details of Build Back Better legislation — a $1.85 trillion overall investment that includes a record-setting $555 billion dollars to take on the climate crisis. The agreement marked a […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Top executives from Big Oil companies ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell testified before Congress yesterday amid accusations and revelations about their industry’s efforts to mislead the public about human-caused climate change while claiming to be in favor of climate action. A report released Thursday morning by the House Committee […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow next week, many nations are upping their pledges to lower emissions before 2030. But according to a UN report released Tuesday, even if Argentina, Britain, Canada, the EU, South Africa, and the US achieve their pledged goals, it would account […]
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