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Biden Urges World Leaders to Cut Methane as Pledges Fall Short

Sept. 17, 2021, 5:31 PM

President Joe Biden told world leaders “the time is now” to accelerate efforts to slash greenhouse gases as he formally unveiled a new initiative to pare global methane emissions by 30% before the end of the decade.

The pledge, designed in concert with the European Union, would be the first coordinated international effort to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that emanates from fossil fuels and agriculture and has an outsized impact on global warming.

Biden convened Friday’s virtual meeting with the other nations as international leaders soberly warned that global carbon-cutting commitments and climate funding for ...

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