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President Joe Biden and Global Leaders Meet

On September 17, 2021, President Joe Biden met the world leaders to discuss the required next step against rapidly worsening climate change and announced a new U.S.-European pledge to cut climate-wrecking methane leaks. The meeting was held virtually at the White House. Recently, a new agreement has been signed between the United States with the European Union aiming at cutting the emissions of methane by 30% by the end of this decade. Methane is one of the major gases which works as a negative agent and has been damaging the climate. As stated by the President, Ever-grimmer findings from scientists this year that the world is nearing the point where the level of climate damage from burning oil, gas and coal becomes catastrophic and irreversible “represent a code red for humanity”. Further, he stated that “We need to act and we need to act now”. The administration also is trying to re-establish the United States’ Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate; a climate group set up by President Barack Obama and revived by Biden, as a significant platform for international climate negotiations.

The United Nations have released a report projecting the catastrophic rise of 2.7C in temperature by the end of the century and that there is a need to take immediate actions. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EAP) is set to propose stricter rules against methane emissions for the oil and gas sector. The new rules will be coming in next two weeks and will be coming in next two weeks and will be much stricter than an Obama era standard set in 2016. From 31st October to 1st November, 2021 the United Nations conference in Glasgow, the COP26 summit will take place. This will bring countries together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Unite Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Around 200 nations are expected to announce more ambitious emissions-cutting targets than that they had previously set to keep the world from overheating.