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Kerry in Brussels for climate change talks with EU officials

BRUSSELS (AP) – US Special Envoy for Climate Change John Joe Kerry left for Brussels on Tuesday to discuss transatlantic cooperation with European officials amid President Joe Biden’s decision to join global efforts to curb climate change.

Like EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Biden said the fight against global warming is one of her top priorities. During the first hours of his presidency, Biden forced the United States to join the Paris Climate Agreement, canceling the US withdrawal ordered by the previous Donald Trump.

Kerry will meet with France Timmermans, Vice-President of the EU Commission for Climate Action, to discuss preparations for the next UN Climate Summit in Glasgow in November. He will speak with von der Leyen and join the meeting of the Transatlantic Climate Action Committee.

Climate Change Paris 2015 The agreement obliges countries to offer programs to reduce greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emitted from fossil fuels. EU leaders reached a tough deal in December to cut the alliance’s net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. With levels.

The EU wants to be a leader in the fight against global warming; it has committed to achieving climate neutrality by mid-century as part of the European Green Deal Action Plan; the Biden administration has not yet announced a new national target for 2030 to cut US fossil fuels. fuel emissions.

Experts say that any international effort – global warming below 2 degrees Celsius below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) – or ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F), as agreed in the Paris Agreement, will fight without the United States, the world’s second largest. The largest investor in carbon emissions after China. Scientists say that time is running out to achieve this goal, as pre-industrial times have warmed the world to 1.2 degrees C (2.2 degrees F).

In addition to the UN Climate Summit in November, Kerry will discuss preparations for the Climate Leaders Summit in the United States on April 22-23.

Kerry will meet with the bloc’s chief diplomat, Josep Borrell.


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