Mon, 30 Jan 2023

SHARM EL SHEIKH, 11th November (WAM) -- The US President Joe Biden pledged that the United States will "do our part to avert" a "climate hell".

The remarks came as the US president cited a warning by the U.N. secretary general earlier this week in Sharm El-Sheikh, the Egyptian resort city hosting this year's U.N. Climate Change Conference.

"We're not ignoring harbingers that are already here," Biden said. "So many disasters - the climate crisis is hitting hardest those countries and communities that have the fewest resources to respond and to recover."

During his remarks Friday at COP27 in Egypt, President Biden underscored his administration's push to cut emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Biden noted that the United States led the effort to create a Global Methane Pledge, in which scores of countries have vowed to agree to help reduce global methane emissions at least 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2020 levels.

In addition, Biden highlighted long-awaited measures, announced earlier Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency, to curb emissions from domestic oil and gas producers.

He touted his Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience, also known as PREPARE, and said more than $150 million dollars in initiatives would go toward supporting adaptation efforts throughout Africa.

Some of the initiatives include expanding early warning systems, broadening access to climate finance, providing disaster risk protection and strengthening food security. What's more, Biden said, the funding will support a new training center in Egypt to "accelerate adaptation all across the continent."

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