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Last week, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a historic agreement to reduce or limit carbon dioxide emissions, which most scientists say are causing Earth to rapidly warm up. Some consider the surprising collaboration to be a crucial move in the fight against climate change, but others are skeptical that the two nations will actually carry out the plan. How is the deal depicted in the cartoon?
Why are the two leaders surrounded by clouds of smoke?
What point is the cartoonist trying to make? Do you agree or disagree?
The U.S. and China are the world’s biggest economies and are also the top polluters, producing 45 percent of all carbon emissions. What do you think is the connection between economic power and carbon emissions
Why do you think it’s so hard for countries to agree to cut carbon emissions? What might be some of the main challenges?