Representing an estimated total of 38% of global emissions, China and the United States made a sizable contribution to seeing the Paris Climate Agreement take effect when they signed a commitment agreement at a joint ceremony in Hangzhou, China on September 3rd. While the two nations were hardly the first to officially join the Agreement, which was originally accepted earlier this spring, they, nonetheless, represent the most significant step towards reaching the 55% share of global emissions needed to secure the Agreement’s finalization. while the other 25 nations together make up roughly 1% of the 39.08% committed thus far.

The US’s commitment to the Paris Agreement is a signal of the President’s active engagement with the fight to curb climate change, an issue which he has characterized as the greatest long-term threat facing the world. In the week following the US and China’s momentum-driving decision, other world leaders have seen attention turn towards them and their silence, calling on leaders such as UK Prime Minister Teresa May to speak out and lend assurances that they will address the issue. The UK PM, facing considerable criticism from Members of Parliament, made official assurances of the UK’s persistent commitment to assuring the Agreement is passed into action.

Read about US President Barack Obama and Chinese President XI Jinping’s joint ceremony

Read about President Obama’s views on climate change and his plans for the future

Read about the UK PM’s challenges 

Follow along as the number of nations committed to the Agreement continues to grow 

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