China confirms Xi will attend Biden's climate change summit

China confirms Xi will attend Biden's climate change summit

The new urgency comes as scientists say that climate change caused by coal plants, vehicle engines and other fossil fuel use is worsening droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters and that humans are running out of time to stave off catastrophic extremes of global warming.

It's an urgent but hardly ideal time for the U.S.to try to spur action.

Host US made the biggest headlines when Biden ramped up his nation's commitment to cut greenhouse gases, saying the world's top economy will slash emissions blamed for climate change 50 to 52 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels.

China's relationship with the United States has sharply deteriorated in recent years but Beijing nonetheless agreed to cooperate on climate during a pre-summit visit by John Kerry, the former U.S. secretary of state who is now Biden's globe-trotting climate envoy. "And I think today does that in many ways", said Kerry.

"The signs are unmistakable", Biden said. The science is undeniable that the cost of inaction keeps mounting.

Biden, in a massive diplomatic undertaking for a three-month-old administration, is welcoming 40 leaders for two days of meetings, including the presidents of adversaries China and Russian Federation and Pope Francis.

The US is scrambling to regain global credibility after Trump pulled the country out of the Paris climate agreement.

Just yesterday, we reported that Ford and General Motors had joined 400 other businesses urging President Joe Biden to set a target to reduce USA greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent less than 2005 levels by the year 2030.

China is the world's biggest emissions maker.

Brandon Wu, director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA, described the numbers as "very low" and far cry from the $800 billion this decade campaigners say would be a fair contribution from the US.

Biden also announced that the United States would double aid off Obama levels to the poorest nations bearing the brunt of climate change - another reversal from Trump, who cut off all such funding.

Greenpeace UK's head of climate, Kate Blagojevic, said the summit had more targets than an archery competition.

"Despite Russia's size, its geography, climate and the structure of its economy, I am sure this task is achievable", Putin added. "Our climate response lies in the extraordinary engine of job creation and economic opportunity that's ready to fire up", he said.

The Biden administration has reiterated it wants the United States electricity grid to run 100% on clean sources such as solar and wind by 2035 in order to meet its goals and has framed an explosion in renewable energy and electric auto production as a boon to American jobs. Almost 16 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in India since the pandemic began.

Halving emissions will require transformative action but it's possible, according to the World Resources Institute.

Combined with announcements expected by other leaders, the official said the world will be closer - but not yet on track - to keeping the planet's temperature within 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, the level scientists say is needed to avoid the most severe effects of climate change. Bapna added: "This target will serve as the north star for President Biden's domestic agenda". "Together, we can seize the opportunity to drive prosperity, create jobs, and build the clean energy economy of tomorrow". At a time when the country is looking to bounce back from the pandemic, this goal will help unleash millions of good jobs, boost business and drive innovation.

Joe Thwaites, of the World resources Institute, said the climate finance plan was "not particularly ambitious" after four years of United States absence, during which time many other major donor countries doubled their climate finance pledges.

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