In surprise move, U.S. and China vow to work together on climate change

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The United States and China pledged Wednesday to work closely together on climate change this decade, in a rare and unexpected joint statement that brought fresh energy to the final days of the U.N. summit in Scotland.

The world’s two biggest economies declared their intention “to work individually, jointly, and with other countries during this decisive decade, in accordance with different national circumstances, to strengthen and accelerate climate action and cooperation,” the statement read.

U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry and his Chines counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, brokered the agreement and both touted it in separate news conferences. Kerry, on Twitter, called the deal “a step in the right direction, a mark of progress and a solid foundation for continued cooperation in climate between our two countries.”

The countries said they’ll work together on deforestation and will hold a bilateral meeting next year on methane, a potent greenhouse gas far…

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