COP26: United States joins 90 countries in pledging to reduce methane emissions; Coal deal with South Africa announced

President Biden and other world leaders have left Glasgow and the UN climate summit as the third day kicks off closed-door negotiations on how to tackle the climate catastrophe. On Tuesday, 90 countries agreed to reduce their methane emissions by 30% by 2030. It is Biden who announces the commitments of the United States.

President Joe Biden: “We are proposing two new rules, one via our Environmental Protection Agency which will reduce methane losses from new and existing oil and gas pipelines, and the other via the Ministry of Transport to reduce unnecessary leaks and potentially dangerous natural gas pipelines. “

But climate activists have slammed Biden for making climate commitments as his administration continues to push forward plans to sell oil and gas leases on U.S. public lands.

Meanwhile, indigenous leaders have questioned the commitments of more than 100 countries to end deforestation by 2030. This is Telma Taurepang, who heads the Union of Indigenous Women of the Brazilian Amazon. .

Telma Taurepang: “We do not yet have a public policy towards the indigenous peoples of Brazil that ensures that this happens for real. And they will only definitively stop deforestation if there is a demarcation of our indigenous lands. Without demarcation, there is no way to stop deforestation.

In other COP26 news, the United States, the European Union and other rich countries announced a new deal to provide $ 8.5 billion to South Africa to help dismantle it its coal-fired power plants and invest in renewable energies. South Africa is one of the world’s largest coal producers.

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