The pair moved closer to something resembling an agreement on Wednesday, issuing a joint statement of principles for climate cooperation.
“The United States and China have no shortage of differences. But on climate, cooperation is the only way to get this job done,” said U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry. | Alberto Pezzali/AP Photo
By KARL MATHIESEN, ZACK COLMAN, STUART LAU and ZIA WEISE
11/10/2021 06:43 PM EST
Updated: 11/10/2021 07:09 PM EST
GLASGOW, Scotland — The outcome of COP26 will come down to this: Can the U.S. and China — the world’s two great powers and largest polluters — compromise?
The pair moved closer to something resembling an agreement on Wednesday, issuing a joint statement of principles for climate cooperation. That included a major victory for U.S. special climate envoy John Kerry: a commitment from China to rein in methane, a major greenhouse gas that has been absent from China’s official climate plan.
That is consequential for the planet since China is far and away the largest methane polluter. But friction remains in the negotiating rooms as nations try to thread together an agreement in the next two days that puts the world on course to limit the worst effects of climate change and increase the flow of money to the most vulnerable countries.