Weekly News Highlights: 11/8/2021 - 11/14/2021
China and the United States Join in Seeking Emissions Cuts
Rivals in "trade, human rights, and other issues," China and the United States made a joint agreement in the recent COP-26 conference in Glasgow to reduce climate emissions. This surprised many, as China and the U.S. are the two biggest polluters of greenhouse gases in the world, and they have been in various conflicts in different areas of their country policies. However, climate change is an issue important to both countries and requires their collaboration in order to combat.
Despite their efforts to cooperate, though, the draft of the COP-26 global agreement to fight climate change "'is not the decisive language that this moment calls for,' said Aubrey Webson, chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States, a group of countries that are among those most threatened by climate change." The recent agreement between the U.S. and China is also described as less influential than their past climate deals, such as in 2014 when their efforts brought upon the creation of an international climate agreement a year later. Nevertheless, their pact has at least opened up dialogue between the two countries, encouraging cooperation and collaboration in the future.