One Cool Thing: Climate Envoy Visits Japan

Image: U.S. Embassy Dhaka from Bangladesh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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