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US and EU line up global pledges to slash emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas

Two dozen additional countries have signed up for a global methane pledge, vowing to cut emissions of the potent greenhouse gas by 30 percent by 2030.

Scientists forecast that future global warming could be reduced by 0.2 Celsius (0.36 degrees Fahrenheit) by the 2040s if countries take up the challenge to cut methane now. Foto: Thomas Borberg Foto: Thomas Borberg/ Polfoto

At a virtual ministerial meeting hosted in Brussels on Monday, the European Union's top climate negotiator, Frans Timmermans, and the White House special envoy for climate, John F. Kerry, announced the new signatories and stressed the importance of slashing methane.

The pledge is now backed by nine of the world's top 20 methane-emitting countries, and accounts for 60 percent of the global economy, the organizers said...

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