"When it comes to climate change, no nation is more important than China. It
consumes more coal than the rest of the world combined, and it is the leading
emitter of greenhouse gases, accounting for nearly 30% of global emissions.
Unless China takes rapid steps to control its greenhouse gas emissions, there
is no plausible path to achieving the Paris climate agreement aim to limit
global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F), or even the less ambitious
target of "well below 2 C" (3.6 F).
So what is China doing to help the world avoid the worst impacts of climate
change, and is it doing enough?
China's record is mixed. Over the past year, China has signaled that it intends
to continue on its well-worn path of making modest, incremental contributions
to combat climate change, an approach inadequate for achieving the Paris goals.
Yet, as an expert in environmental diplomacy who has followed China's actions
for years, I see reasons to think China might increase its efforts in the
Via Robert Sanscartier.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics