Climate stripes: Monthly global temperature variation since 1880, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Experts on Thursday cautiously welcomed a joint pact by China and the United States to accelerate climate action this decade, as COP26 negotiations edged towards their end with no clear plan to limit heating to 1.5C.
The surprise declaration unveiled late Wednesday by envoys John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua said the world’s two largest emitters “recognise the seriousness and urgency of the climate crisis”.
The landmark 2015 accord saw nations promise to limit heating to “well below” two degrees Celsius and to work towards a safer 1.5C cap through sweeping emissions cuts.
Originally published as US-China pact welcomed at climate talks