EPA head Gina McCarthy to talk climate change during China trip

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will arrive in China beginning December 9, to discuss U.S.-China cooperation on air quality, climate pollution and other environmental issues. She will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong during her four-day visit.

While in China, McCarthy plans to underscore steps China has already taken to address air pollution, additional steps to come, and how the U.S. and China can work together.

Highlights of her visit include co-chairing the U.S.-China Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation; delivering a keynote speech at Tsinghua University; and meeting with senior officials, business leaders and NGOs.

"The U.S. and China represent the world’s largest economies, consumers of energy, and emitters of carbon pollution. Climate change is a shared challenge, and building on more than 30 years of successful cooperation and partnership, the United States and China must work together to build a clean energy economy for a healthier, safer planet," according to an EPA release.

Earlier this year, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan that outlines commonsense steps to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the biggest individual source of carbon pollution in the U.S. In September, the EPA proposed pollution standards for new power plants.

China is taking action to address climate change while reducing traditional air pollution and promoting economic growth, according to the EPA.

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