On Nov. 10th at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, six major automakers—including Ford, General Motors, and Mercedes-Benz—and 30 national governments signed a pledge to stop sales of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 globally. However, the governments of three of the most significant car markets—the United States, China, and Japan—refrained from joining the pledge, as did major automakers such as Toyota, Volkswagen, and Nissan-Renault.
COP26 protests continued throughout the Glasgow climate summit, with tens of thousands of climate activists marching through the Scottish city.
The world’s top carbon polluters, China and the United States, also agreed on Nov. 10th to increase their cooperation and speed up action to rein in climate-damaging emissions. This is a sign of mutual effort on global warming at a time of tension over their other disputes. The two countries would work together to accelerate the emissions reductions required to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.