U.S. should follow EU and China in setting carbon-neutral target - U.N.'s WMO

The Nebeha Stephanie

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States is expected to join in with the European Union and China, the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) head said on Tuesday in setting ambitious objectives to become carbon neutral.

The United Nations proclaimed President Xi Jinping.

Last month's General Assembly indicated that by 2060, China was intended to be neutral in carbon, while the EU pledged that by 2050.

"Everything in it I believe is a great announcement, as the countries of the European Union and China at least now share the common reason, it's a good news, and I hope that in the near future also the United States will join that club," said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas in a briefing in Genève.

The U.N. was used by Xi.

Lectern called for multilateral action on climate change after President Donald Trump called for a one-sided deal in the Paris Climate Agreement, with about 200 signatories.

"We'd have very different challenges as we struggle to alleviate the environment of human misery as well as economic damages," said Taalas.

"Several countries in the U.S. have invested in climate-friendly techniques and have been making strong progress, especially in the private sector," he said.

Over the next five years , global temperatures will still warm and may even rise temporarily to over 1.5 degrees Celsius, said the July WMO.

The ceiling for preventing catastrophic climate change has been set by science at 1.5C (2.7 Fahrenheit.

Responding to the query from Central Chinese Television Taalas said: "China accounts for 25 % of global pollution, and one of your biggest problems is to have a solid base of coal-fired electricity generation."

Yet it is the world's largest exporter of such energy that China has made record expenditure in renewable energies including solar and wind power, he added.

(St. Nebehay's report; Kirsten Donovan's editing)