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China’s Emissions Targets: a (Non)Reductionist Approach

Posted in CO2 Emissions, International Agreements, Politics, US-China by ebalkan on June 12, 2009

NO emissions caps china us copenhagen carbon dioxide kyoto protocol developing country developed committment reductions targets intensity energy five-year planThe past week of events – from a U.S. Senate hearing, to remarks by China’s State Council, to high-level talks in Beijing – have scattered a layer of rich soil from which robust US-China cooperation on climate change might spring forth.

However, that soil is not uniform in content. The issue of quantifiable emissions reductions, central to continued bilateral discussions leading up to Copenhagen, is anything but homogeneously understood, as recent events demonstrate. (more…)

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China Floats Carbon Tax Plan as a Means to Curb Emissions

china-smog-carbon-dioxide-emissionsThe Chinese government is considering imposing a pro rata carbon tax on coal and fossil fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel, and natural gas, Finance Ministry official Su Ming has told the country’s state-run media.

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Bloomberg’s Ambitious Plan to Improve Energy Efficiency in NY Buildings

Posted in CO2 Emissions, Energy, Environmental Policies, Green Building & Construction by ebalkan on April 27, 2009

energy nyc buildings emissions consumption demand electricity thermal sector power transportNew York Mayor Bloomberg harnessed the green power of Earth Day to unveil a plan that would require NYC buildings – responsible for 80% of the city’s emissions – to undergo regular energy audits and retrofits, as needed, in order to become more energy efficient.

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Guardian Article on China Emissions Plan Amounts to Wishful Thinking

Posted in CO2 Emissions, International Agreements, News & Media by ebalkan on April 21, 2009

pollution emissions carbon target reduction mitigation copenhagen coordination treaty multilateral china us co2 GHGThose who stumbled across the recent Guardian article “China Considers Setting Targets for Carbon Emissions” probably did not fall off of their seats like I did. But at the very least you might have involuntarily raised an eyebrow, or two, and thought “huh, now that’s a game changer.”

For people who monitor developments in climate negotiations religiously, this article was practically heaven sent. But, upon closer examination, it proved little more than a manipulated quote and a very sexy, if misleading argument.

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