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US, China climate deal boosts hopes of global pact

A photo taken on December 9, 2009 shows smog down a main street of Linfen, in China's Shanxi province, regarded as one of the cities with the worst air pollution in the worldA surprise deal between the United States and China on Wednesday could be a breakthrough moment in decades-long efforts to secure a global climate change pact, environment experts said. At a summit in Beijing, US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, announced their two nations had put aside years of acrimony on climate change and would co-operate in the global warming fight. Al Gore, the former US vice-president who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for sounding the alarm on climate change, was among environmental heavy-hitters from around the world who celebrated the move. “Today’s joint announcement… to reduce their nations’ carbon emissions is a major step forward in the global effort to solve the climate crisis,” Gore said in a statement.

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