Day: September 24, 2020

What does it mean for the global climate change fight?

In this image made from UNTV video, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks in a pre-recorded message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (AP)
In this image made from UNTV video, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks in a pre-recorded message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (AP)

In front of a large painting of the Great Wall, one of China’s most impressive feats, President Xi Jinping took the United Nations General Assembly by surprise on Tuesday with an ambitious pledge.

“We aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060,” he told leaders at the annual gathering, which is largely taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Humankind can no longer afford to ignore the repeated warnings of nature,” Xi said.

His promise could come to be a defining moment in the global climate crisis: The first time that China, the world’s largest emitter, pledged to stop adding to the global warming that is pushing the planet towards irreversible

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