To raise hopes for the climate change talks that will take place in Paris at the end of the year, two of the most carbon polluting countries have reached an agreement to cut emissions to avoid the global temperature rise. The historic agreement between President Barrack Obama and Xi Jinping is a pledge to cut carbon pollution in mega-cities in China and huge US metropolitan areas. More than a dozen metropolitan cities from the US and the entire state of California pledge to cut emissions by 80% until 2050, while Beijing and 10 other Chinese cities will cut gas emissions before reaching their predicted peak emissions by 2030.
In 2013, China was responsible for about 29% of the world’s carbon pollution and the US was responsible for half as much. The reason why China is the leading air polluter is their coal dependent industry. However the cities most dependent on coal were not found on the list of cities who pledged to cut emissions. Nonetheless, pledging cities like Beijing, Guiyang, Shenzen, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Zhenjiang were listed among the agreement. As for the US, the committed regions are: Seattle, the entire state of California, Atlanta, Huston, New York, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. President Obama has been sat on climate change issues since the beginning of this year and he asked its administration for new initiatives every few days.
Despite the opposition from republicans in congress, Obama kept fighting climate change and reached this new ground-breaking agreement with the President of China. This new alliance is purely made to be beneficial for the whole world.