The fast cuts in carbon needed to stave off the worst of climate change are all but impossible unless these countries work together and basically trust each other's pledges. During the Trump administration, the
New details of how quickly
Meanwhile, Chinese officials are upset about restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on trade, technology, Chinese media and students in the
Kerry, a secretary of state under President
Can climate talks between the two countries survive their other geopolitical battles?
“That's, I think, the huge question,” said
“Can you create a lane where you get cooperation on climate" while more contentious issues are dealt with separately? Podesta asked. “Or do they wind up interfering?"
Prior to his appointment, Xie led a research effort at
Xie's appointment "was a huge overture toward
Biden has pledged the
Behind the dry numbers, massive spending on infrastructure and technology is needed to switch to a more energy-efficient economy, running on wind, solar and other cleaner-burning fuels. And Biden has a narrow majority in
Climate scientists say countries need to move fast to avert catastrophic temperature rises.
In 2019, coal accounted for 58% of China’s total primary energy consumption, according to the
Last year, as
Many experts question whether the construction of coal-fired plants is driven by demand, or simply meant to stimulate the economy during a downturn. Either way, the brand-new coal plants have consequences.
“Every new coal plant that
The most important questions now, said
She is watching closely to see what targets are incorporated in the next Five Year Plan, and into China’s updated pledges for emission cuts under the
The key, climate negotiators say, will be making it worth
Biden has reached out to European allies as a first step, trying to build consensus among
“None of these countries are wanting to save the planet and be completely selfless about this,"
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