United States and China reach landmark carbon emissions deal

The recent US-China climate deal seems to bode well for next December’s key talks: In case you missed it this is a good summary.


B Barack Obama and Xi Jinping have agreed a deal on cutting emissions into the 2020s

The big news this morning is that the US and China have unveiled a “secretly negotiated deal” to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions by 2025. China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, has agreed to cap its emissions by 2030 or earlier if possible, and has also promised to increase its use of energy from zero-carbon sources to 20 per cent by 2030. The US has pledged to cut its emissions 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Barack Obama said the deal was an “historic agreement”. China’s premier, Xi Jinping, said the US and China had agreed to make sure a global climate deal is reached in Paris next year.

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5 Responses to “United States and China reach landmark carbon emissions deal”

  1. philipstrange Says:

    Dont you think that 2030 as a target for China to start reducing its emissions is unambitious. By then it will all be too late?

  2. Richard Mallett Says:

    China has not committed to anything, only to intend to achieve the peaking of CO2 emissions by 2030, while it continues to build nuclear and coal fired power stations in the mean time.

    Obama has claimed that the US will cut CO2 emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 instead of the 17% specified in 2009.

    However, any binding treaty would require ratification by both Houses of Congress, which will both be controlled by Republicans after the new Congress begins session in January.

    Meanwhile, nobody has mentioned India, whose population (and fossil fuel use) is forecast to overtake that of China.

    Don’t worry about 2.0 C or 3.8 C though, as we’ve only been warming at 0.65 C per century since 1880. It’s not the increase that’s significant, it’s the rate of increase that’s significant.

    • andyextance Says:

      To summarise: You feel there’s no need for these negotiations, but if there were, the correct position to take is that China and India should not be allowed to develop, or if they are, that means the US should be given a pass on cutting its emissions? Is that about right?

      • Richard Mallett Says:

        No, the US is already cutting its emissions by going in for hydraulic fracturing in a big way. India and China (the latter is now a bigger economy than the USA, and the former is sending rockets to Mars – these are not poor countries) will do what they like, no matter what we say. None of these actions will change the 0.65 C per century warming by much.

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