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Why The U.S.-China CO2 Deal Is An Energy, Climate, And Political Gamechanger

November 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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US-China Pact Effects

The historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The deal would keep, cumulatively, some 640 billion tons of CO2 emissions out of the air this century.[read more]

Will New Emission Targets From China & US Change the Game?

November 14, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I usually leave emissions reductions commentary to others, but I can’t help wondering if we have just experienced a catalyst event, as China and the United States announced new targets for emissions reductions in their respective countries.[read more]

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The "Historic" US-China Climate Change Deal Confirms that We are Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

November 13, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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US-China Climate Agreement

Optimism has broken out among those concerned about climate change. Secret negotiations between America and China have given us a "game changing" deal, one that gives us a "fighting chance" to limit global warming. But like it or not, this deal does not appear to give us a chance to win this particular fight.[read more]

Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy's Growing Political Strength

November 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

President Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal. After nine months of talks, the White House announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to historic joint targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

November 7, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

China Fuel Choices and Climate Commitments

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change. Now China is taking serious action and is clearly on the brink of even more major action.[read more]

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

November 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Pollution Prevention

As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit provides an important opportunity to address the pollutants from China's ports and shipping system.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping

October 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Green Shipping

We can celebrate a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of the world’s third busiest port also produce an incredible amount of environmentally damaging exhaust.[read more]

Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics

October 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Developing Sustainability Metrics

I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Charting China's Carbon Horizon

October 13, 2014 by Lucas Bifera

Carbon, China, and the Future

Discussions around China’s carbon emissions reached a fever pitch throughout September’s UN Climate Summit, punctuated by a new report from the Global Carbon Project estimating the country’s total emissions at 9.9 billion metric tons of CO2 (MTCO2) in 2013, or 28% of the global total.[read more]

China, Climate, and Coal: The UN Climate Summit

September 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China, Coal, and Fuels

During Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, China stopped short of making any post-2020 commitments at the Summit, though Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli announced that China will work to peak its total CO2 emissions as soon as possible.[read more]

China Can Rise to the Challenge on Climate Change and Air Pollution

September 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Since its reform and opening more than thirty years ago, and particularly in the past decade, China’s rapid economic development has raised income levels and the standard of living of its citizens. But it has come at an enormous cost to the environment and public health.[read more]

China Plans a Nationwide Carbon Market

September 22, 2014 by Henry Auer

China and the Carbon Market

China recently confirmed its eventual plan to place the entire nation under a carbon market (i.e., a cap-and-trade regime) in order to lower its annual rate of emitting carbon dioxide (CO2), the highly important and damaging greenhouse gas, beginning in 2016.[read more]

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Reflections from Halfway Across Asia

September 18, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Biking Across Asia

Over the course of this trip across Asia we’ve been interviewing people — especially older people — as we travel, asking them if they think the climate has changed in their lifetime. We’ve been surprised by the responses. So many people say that it has in fact gotten warmer.[read more]