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The Washington Post reports that the US will announce that it will cut its emissions in half by 2030

Washington / US President Joe Biden will pledge this week to cut US greenhouse emissions by at least half by 2030, nearly double the initial target his country took on under the Paris Agreement.

As reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, which cites two sources familiar with the plan, Biden will make that announcement during the Climate Leaders Summit, a virtual conference organized by the White House on Thursday and Friday of this week and about 40 leaders from all over the world will participate in it.

Biden’s plan fits in with what numerous environmental and scientific groups in the country had requested, as well as large companies such as Walmart, Apple, McDonald’s and Starbucks, which had asked the United States to cut its emissions by half by the end of this decade, taking as reference the 2005 levels.

This is a much more ambitious goal than the one assumed in 2015 by the government of then-President Barack Obama when signing the Paris Agreement, which consisted of reducing emissions between 26 and 28% by 2025, with respect to the levels of 2005.

Rather than commit to a specific percentage, Biden is likely to announce a range of possible targets for emission reductions, which will be around 50% and could exceed it, the newspaper said.

The new commitment of the United States would be behind the one assumed by the European Union (EU), which has increased its emission reduction target for 2030 to 55% and will seek carbon neutrality by 2050; and also that of the United Kingdom, which has announced a 78% cut by 2035.

However, the rest of the most polluting countries, such as Russia, India and China, haven’t committed to specific percentages, although Beijing has affirmed that it will reach the top of its carbon emissions before 2030 and will reach neutrality by 2060.

The planet is still a long way from the goal set under the Paris Agreement of keeping the planet’s average temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius, and is heading more towards global warming of 3 to 5 degrees by the end of this century , according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). (April 20, 2021, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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