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US, China agree to end 'super greenhouse gases'

Published on Jun 9, 2013 6:10 AM
US President Barack Obama (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) along with their delegates hold a meeting at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, on June 8, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (AFP) - China agreed on Saturday with the United States to scale back production of "super greenhouse gases" used in refrigerators and air conditioners in a joint bid to fight climate change.

The two nations made the pledge after a closely watched first summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, who lead the world's top two emitters of greenhouse gases blamed for the planet's increasingly volatile climate.

In a statement, China and the United States "agreed to work together" through an international body to "phase down the production and consumption" of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), dubbed super greenhouse gases for their pollution.

The White House said that a global phasedown of HFCs could reduce carbon emissions by 90 gigatons by 2050 - equivalent to around two full years worth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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