Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama

*(Via Newsy) – The United States and China have struck a historic agreement to cut greenhouse gasses over the next two decades.

President Obama and President Xi Jinping ironed out the new deal Wednesday at the tail end of the trade summit in Beijing.

As part of the agreement, the U.S. says by 2025, it will trim a little over a quarter of the carbon emissions levels from 2005. China will peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and plans to employ several green energy initiatives as well.

Even amid some criticisms the deal is mostly symbolic, it still marks the first time China has ever committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Obama Administration hopes other countries will follow suit.

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