US and China agree to reduce greenhouse gases

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Christiana Figueres

A new, wide-ranging US-China cooperation to cut emissions from major polluting sources and to boost energy efficiency has gotten the "thumbs up" from, the UN's top climate change official.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UNFCCC, saluted the agreement between the two countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the largest sources, including heavy duty vehicles, manufacturing and coal-fired plants.

She said, "Concrete policies and actions now to prevent further greenhouse gas emissions and create clean, sustainable economies are the single biggest contribution countries can make to firm up the foundations for a new international climate agreement."

She said the new cooperation was "both welcome and important."

The agreement was reached at the July 10-11 meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

Gerry Adams, United Nations

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