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China, India Miss UN Emissions Deadline08/01 09:28

   China and India have missed a U.N. deadline to submit fresh plans for 
cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in time for the global body to include 
their pledges in a report for governments at this year's global climate summit, 
officials said Saturday.

   BERLIN (AP) -- China and India have missed a U.N. deadline to submit fresh 
plans for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in time for the global body to 
include their pledges in a report for governments at this year's global climate 
summit, officials said Saturday.

   The world's two most populous countries are among dozens that failed to 
provide an update on their targets for curbing the release of planet-warming 
gases to the U.N. climate change agency by July 31.

   China is the country with the world's highest emissions, while India is 
third. The United States, which submitted its new target in April, is the 
second-biggest global emitter.

   U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa welcomed that 110 signatories of the 
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change had met the cut-off date, 
which was extended from the end of 2020 due to the pandemic. But she said it 
was "far from satisfactory" that only 58% had submitted their new targets in 
time.

   Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria and 82 other nations also failed to update 
their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in time to include them in a 
report Espinosa's office is preparing for the U.N. climate change conference in 
November.

   Espinosa noted that a previous report found countries were doing too little 
to meet the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 
Fahrenheit) by the end of the century compared with pre-industrial times, let 
alone the more ambitious target of capping warming at 1.5 degrees C (2.7 
degrees F).

   "Recent extreme heat waves, droughts and floods acrossthe globe are a dire 
warning that much more needs to be done, and much more quickly, to change our 
current pathway," said Espinosa. "This can only be achieved through more 
ambitious NDCs."

   Under the 2015 Paris climate accord, countries set their own emissions 
reduction goals but are required to be transparent about them and jointly raise 
their targets over time to ensure that global warming remains at agreed 
acceptable levels.

   China did announce last year that it aims for its emissions of carbon 
dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- to peak before 2030, and to achieve 
carbon neutrality before 2060. The target has yet to be formally included in 
its submission to the U.N., however, meaning it can't yet be counted toward the 
global effort.

   Earlier this month, the chair of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Alok 
Sharma of Britain, met with environment ministers from more than 50 countries, 
including the U.S. and China. Speaking to reporters after the meeting -- the 
first physical meeting of its kind since the start of the pandemic -- Sharma 
said participants had agreed the 1.5 degrees C goal must stay "within reach."

   "Between now and COP26 we must, and I promise you we will, make every single 
day count," he said.

   BERLIN (AP) -- China and India have missed a U.N. deadline to submit fresh 
plans for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in time for the global body to 
include their pledges in a report for governments at this year's global climate 
summit, officials said Saturday.

   The world's two most populous countries are among dozens that failed to 
provide an update on their targets for curbing the release of planet-warming 
gases to the U.N. climate change agency by July 31.

   China is the country with the world's highest emissions, while India is 
third. The United States, which submitted its new target in April, is the 
second-biggest global emitter.

   U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa welcomed that 110 signatories of the 
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change had met the cut-off date, 
which was extended from the end of 2020 due to the pandemic. But she said it 
was "far from satisfactory" that only 58% had submitted their new targets in 
time.

   Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria and 82 other nations also failed to update 
their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in time to include them in a 
report Espinosa's office is preparing for the U.N. climate change conference in 
November.

   Espinosa noted that a previous report found countries were doing too little 
to meet the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 
Fahrenheit) by the end of the century compared with pre-industrial times, let 
alone the more ambitious target of capping warming at 1.5 degrees C (2.7 
degrees F).

   "Recent extreme heat waves, droughts and floods acrossthe globe are a dire 
warning that much more needs to be done, and much more quickly, to change our 
current pathway," said Espinosa. "This can only be achieved through more 
ambitious NDCs."

   Under the 2015 Paris climate accord, countries set their own emissions 
reduction goals but are required to be transparent about them and jointly raise 
their targets over time to ensure that global warming remains at agreed 
acceptable levels.

   China did announce last year that it aims for its emissions of carbon 
dioxide -- the main greenhouse gas -- to peak before 2030, and to achieve 
carbon neutrality before 2060. The target has yet to be formally included in 
its submission to the U.N., however, meaning it can't yet be counted toward the 
global effort.

   Earlier this month, the chair of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Alok 
Sharma of Britain, met with environment ministers from more than 50 countries, 
including the U.S. and China. Speaking to reporters after the meeting -- the 
first physical meeting of its kind since the start of the pandemic -- Sharma 
said participants had agreed the 1.5 degrees C goal must stay "within reach."

   "Between now and COP26 we must, and I promise you we will, make every single 
day count," he said.

 
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