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U.S. and Canada pledge to cut methane emissions as part of broad climate change agreement

U.S. and Canada pledge to cut methane emissions as part of broad climate change agreement

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday announced a wide range of environmental initiatives to combat climate change, expand renewable energy and protect a fragile and remote region important to both nations -- the Arctic.

The most notable commitment, outlined in a joint statement by the leaders, is a plan to reduce potent methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40-45% below 2012 levels by 2025.

Yet their announcement also served as a broader reaffirmation of the cooperative spirit long shared between the countries -- strained in recent years -- that has moved forward significantly since Trudeau's election in October.

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