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U.S. and China make surprise climate pledge to step up cooperation

Top emitters target methane emissions and create group for regular meetings

American climate envoy John Kerry speaks at COP26 in Glasgow on Nov. 10 during a China-U.S. statement on their bilateral declaration of cooperation.   © Reuters

LONDON -- The final days of negotiations at the United Nations COP26 climate conference in Glasgow brought a surprise, as the U.S. and China unveiled a joint declaration Wednesday pledging to cooperate on combating climate change.

The document details how the world's two largest greenhouse gas emitters will work together to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement climate treaty and pursue efforts to limit the rise in average global temperatures to 1.5 C.

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