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Glasgow, Scotland Commenting on news of a bilateral US-China climate agreement in Glasgow, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said:

“It’s always welcome news when the world’s two biggest emitters cooperate on climate change, and a reset of their relationship on this crucial issue is overdue. The climate crisis will only be solved if the US and China move toward the same goal of bringing emissions down in line with a 1.5C trajectory as a matter of urgency.

“Their statement recognises that the 1.5C goal is at the heart of any credible climate plan and they frame the 2020s as the decade where we need to see real action. Those things matter, especially from these two countries. But ultimately their statement falls short of the call by the climate vulnerable countries demanding that nations come back to the table every year with greater ambition until the 1.5C gap is closed.

“So, it’s good to see these two at the table together, but if this reset is going to turn into a genuine breakthrough that builds confidence around the world, then they need to step up their level of ambition and their commitment to implementation. And that needs to start in Glasgow, where every country should be using the last two days of these talks to get the deal the world needs.” 

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