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The US and China must unite to fight the climate crisis, not each other

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change is an international crisis, with leading nations like the U.S. and China central to the solution
• However, political disputes might hinder the collaborative efforts required to counter this existential threat

🔭 The context: The last eight years have witnessed record-breaking temperatures, with severe environmental ramifications across the globe, from wildfires in Canada and the U.S. to floods in China and heatwaves from Asia to North Africa

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Despite progress in transitioning to renewable energy sources, current global efforts are insufficient
• Notably, the U.S. and China have been leading carbon emitters, and their ongoing competition threatens cooperative measures against climate change

⏭️ What's next: The article proposes that, instead of competing, the U.S. and China should jointly reduce their military budgets and invest the savings into renewable energy and sustainability
• This collaboration could not only combat climate change but also provide aid to countries that are suffering due to the climate crisis

💬 One quote: "It always seems impossible until it’s done” (Nelson Mandela)

📈 One stat: Over the past years, the U.S. and China have increased their military budgets to nearly $1.2 trillion combined 
• Yet, they're losing against climate crises that have cost hundreds of billions in damages

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