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Pressure mounts on US and China to present climate plans

NGOs and business groups unite on need for action from the world’s two biggest economies ahead of Cop26 in Glasgow

The US and China must present decarbonisation plans to address their rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved, according to political leaders and environmental groups. A report by the IEA released on Tuesday showed that global emissions have rebounded strongly from a steep drop during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the resurgence being led by major economies. Emissions in China for the whole of 2020 increased by 75mn t on 2019 levels, up by 0.8pc, driven by the Asian powerhouse’s economic recovery over the course of the year. And despite a greater economic impact from Covid-19, in December emissions in the US rose to levels close to those se

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