President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will aim to cut its carbon emissions by 50-52 percent with respect to 2005 levels by 2030. The pledge is certainly ambitious, and will put pressure on other major polluters such as China, India, Russia, and the European Union to also up their game when it comes to fighting the climate crisis.
The new emission target will be unveiled over the course of the Leaders Summit on Climate that will take place virtually on April 22-23. Forty leaders from across the world – including almost all the major emitters of carbon dioxide – will attend the meeting.
The pledge and the summit could be a crucial instrument to push for more far-reaching changes to the world’s economy before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) that will take place in Glasgow in November. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has recently announced that she won’t be participating in COP26.