Dozens of countries join US-Europe-led methane pledge

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Instead of seeing it as a positive….

More than 30 countries have signed onto a U.S. and European Union-led pledge aiming to cut global emissions of a potent greenhouse gas called methane by the end of the decade, special climate envoy John Kerry said Monday.

“We’re really excited to see that over 30 countries have joined us in committing to reduce global methane pollution at least 30 percent by 2030,” Kerry said during a ministerial meeting on the pledge.

Kerry clarified that each country isn’t required to reduce their own methane emissions by 2030 since it’s a global goal, saying instead that “every country will do what it can in order to be able to reduce methane emissions.”

He also said that nine of the world’s top 20 emitters had joined.

So who’s on board?: A statement from the State Department clarified that Argentina, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Mexico and the United Kingdom had initially announced support for the pledge, but that 24 more countries now are joining it.

“We’re excited about the rapid response and general acceptance of the proposition,” Kerry said.

Charities are also putting money behind the cause, with a new announcement that philanthropic organizations will put $223 million toward implementing the goal.

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