China ratifies Paris agreement ahead of G20

  1. The United States was also expected to announce that it was formally joining the Paris Agreement in advance of the Group of 20 summit that starts on 4 Sept in China
  2. Climate brings ’em together: While tensions have risen between Beijing and Washington over issues including cyber hacking, the South China Sea and the planned deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, combating climate change is one area where both countries have stressed they can work together
  3. Both were key to getting an agreement in Paris last year
  4. To build momentum for a deal, they set a 2030 deadline for emissions to stop rising and announced their shared conviction that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity
  5. Emission stats: Together, the two countries produce 38% of the world’s man-made carbon dioxide emissions
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