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COP26 latest: US-China deal brings cautious optimism as negotiations enter final leg

John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate speaks at the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.
John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate speaks at the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Copyright AP Photo
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A US-China deal receives a cautious welcome as COP26 turns its focus to building greener cities. Here is what you need to know as Day 11 gets underway.

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As COP26 draws to a close, the announcement of a bilateral deal by the US and China to redouble climate efforts has brought cautious optimism to exhausted negotiators.

Here is what you need to know as Day 11 gets underway:

  • The joint statement issued by Washington and Beijing calls for "enhanced climate action in the 2020s", including a new stronger emission cuts target in 2025 and a pledge by China to follow the US lead in slashingmethane emissions.
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and others hailed it as "an important step in the right direction." But some analysts thought the deal "lacked meat" on concrete commitments besides those on methane.
  • Today is Cities Day at COP26. The summit turns its focus to building sustainable urban centres, with 68% of the global population projected to live in cities by 2050.
  • Denmark and Costa Rica launched an ambitious alliance to phase out coal and gas. Six full members, France, Greenland, Ireland, Quebec, Sweden and Wales joined the group known as the '**Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance'. **

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres said today that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C was "on life support,'' with COP26 talks so far not reaching any of the UN’s three goals.

  • Tough negotiations involving almost 200 countries continue in Glasgow after a draft cover deal was released yesterday.

In case you weren't able to follow along on Wednesday, here are five takeaways from Day 10.

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Additional sources • AP, AFP

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