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Joe Biden will pledge to halve the US’ carbon emissions by 2030 ahead of an important climate summit on Thursday, reports have suggested.

The decision will encourage other countries to set more ambitious emissions targets, with 40 world leaders meeting for a two-day virtual conference on the issue.

The US’ 50 per cent target almost doubles the country’s last commitment, meaning that drastic changes in power and transportation will be required.

It is seen as an important step on the journey to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, something the president wants to work towards.

The latest climate development comes as the Dalai Lama and more than 100 other Nobel Laureates have written to Mr Biden asking for fossil fuels to be phased out.

Elsewhere, progressives including congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have formally revived their drive for a Green New Deal.

Speaking on Tuesday, the New York representative said: “Do we intend on sending a message to the Biden administration that we need to go bigger and bolder? The answer is absolutely yes.”

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AOC reintroduces Green New Deal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive politicians have reintroduced the Green New Deal.

Speaking in Washington DC on Tuesday, the New York congresswoman said they wanted the Biden administration to “go bigger and bolder” on tackling climate change.

Rory Sullivan21 April 2021 09:14

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US to cut emissions in half by 2030

Joe Biden is expected to pledge a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gase emissions in the US by 2030.

The vow comes ahead of a global climate conference, which will be held virtually on Thursday and Friday.

“Wow. That’s ambition with a capital A,” said Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech.

In other climate-related news, the Dalai Lama and more than 100 other Nobel Laureates have written to Mr Biden asking for fossil fuels to be phased out.

In a letter seen by CNN, they wrote:”The burning of fossil fuels is responsible for almost 80 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution. Allowing the continued expansion of this industry is unconscionable.”

Rory Sullivan21 April 2021 09:00

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