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Two Weeks in Beijing

December 8, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Beijing, Biking, and Climate Change

Six months after leaving Istanbul, after cycling 5,000 miles, we arrived in in Beijing, the capital of the world's most polluting nation. We were warned about biking into the city, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that its wide roads had paralleling bike/scooter lanes for people like us.[read more]

2014 Year in Review: 3 Breakthroughs that Tip the Scales for Climate Action

December 6, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Climate Action Breakthroughs

As the year draws to a close, I’m grateful for three climate breakthroughs that give me hope that we can turn the corner toward a stable climate. And I’m thankful to my colleagues who determined how we can actually see global greenhouse emissions peak, level off, and begin to decline.[read more]

Greening Giants: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

December 5, 2014 by Inês Azevedo
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The Presidents of the United States and China surprised the world with a bi-lateral announcement for post-2020. Much discussion has followed, with some arguing with a fierce “no" to the deal, some raising concerns, and others having a cautious optimism.[read more]

Getting Going in Lima?

December 5, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 and Future Planning

COP 20 is now underway in Lima and I am on the newly created site. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set of temporary buildings for housing negotiators and observers from some 190 countries.[read more]

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Climate Agreement in Paris

December 4, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Lima and Paris

In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For two weeks, countries are participating in another round of climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru.[read more]

China and Coal: The Reality Distortion Field is as Strong as Ever

December 4, 2014 by David Hone
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China Coal Realism

 

It is very clear from all the reports coming from China that there is real concern about the use of coal and its link with the air quality in many major cities, and the Chinese government is starting to address it through the management of coal use. But coal use continues to increase, albeit more slowly than in recent years.[read more]

US-China Climate Goals Go Well Beyond Business as Usual

December 1, 2014 by Doug Vine

US-China Climate Goals

The climate targets announced this month by the United States and China will require a significant effort beyond a business-as-usual scenario for both countries. More details will likely follow in the weeks and months ahead, but here is what we know so far for each country.[read more]

China To Cap Coal Use By 2020 To Meet Game-Changing Climate, Air Pollution Targets

November 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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China Caps Coal

China announced it would cap coal use by 2020. The Chinese State Council said the peak would be 4.2 billion tonnes, a one-sixth increase over current consumption. This is a reversal of Chinese energy policy, which for two decades has been centered around building a coal plant or more a week.[read more]

Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap its Coal Consumption by 2020

November 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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China Climate Breakthrough

Hard on the heels of the US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020.[read more]

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Five Energy Moments To Be Thankful For In 2014

November 26, 2014 by Stephanie Kays

An Energy Thanksgiving

As we wind down the year 2014, there have been a few moments – some forward thinking and others outright overdue – in the world of energy that we can look back on and be thankful. Overall, countries around the world took a good step forward in the direction of a cleaner planet.[read more]

The US-China Climate Deal: Don't Get Carried Away

November 24, 2014 by Chris Hope

The US and China announced what has been hailed as a historic deal on greenhouse gas emissions, with China agreeing to cap emissions around 2030 and the US committing to 26 – 28% reductions by 2025. What does this actually mean for the climate and for the damage that climate change might bring?[read more]

Contraction and Convergence in Practice?

November 24, 2014 by David Hone

US-China Climate Deal Analysis

The in-tandem announcement last week by the USA and China caught many by surprise, resulted in lots of applause and back slapping and then raised questions as to which country has the tougher or easier deal. A bit of simple analysis offered below may help answer that question.[read more]

Obama-Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Success in Paris in 2015

November 20, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

US-China Climate Deal, and Preparing for Paris

 

President Obama's historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world's efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution. The president has opened the door to success with a global climate agreement in Paris next December.[read more]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Obama and International Climate Deals

 

Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

The Importance of the U.S.-China Climate Accord

November 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the US pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 26% from 2005 levels before 2025. China agreed to stop growing its emissions by 2030. Since we don't have a world government and are unlikely to get one soon, we are dependent on the actions of nations if we are to mitigate global warming.[read more]