US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingping announced the formation of an important new emissions reduction deal which has the US pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28% by 2025 while China will aim to cap carbon emissions by 2030 and increase the use of fuel from zero-emission sources to 20% by the same year.

The agreement was seen as a significant step towards encouraging the formation of a new global climate pact that has, thus far, seemed elusive. China and the US are in line, if somewhat less aggressive, in their aims with those of the European Union which has endorsed a binding 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030.

Read more about the deal at the Guardian 

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