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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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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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Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Shaping Financing to Prevent Deforestation

trees forest land use palm oil biofuel deforestation conservation emissions ghg carbon credit market finance investmentThe Waxman-Markey bill signals Washington’s intentions to pony up to fund deforestation prevention as part of overall climate legislation. But will climate scientists, C-15 negotiators, developing countries and environmental groups agree on an international forest protection program that everyone, including the trees, can live with?

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Talk of Carbon Tariff Flatly Rejected by China, Prompts ‘Protectionist’ Charges

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements by ebalkan on April 5, 2009

made usa china competition protectionism trade policy steel politics country of originOne day after China’s top climate official, Li Gao, requested that his country’s export sector be exempt from greenhouse gas emissions reductions, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the possibility of levying a carbon tariff on countries that do not match US greenhouse gas emissions restrictions.

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China’s Emissions Trading Plan Puts Weight on Countries’ Cumulative GHG

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on March 30, 2009

chinaearthChina appears to be backing out of global efforts to address climate change, intensifying pre-Copenhagen debate.

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China Taking Uncooperative Stance on G20, Climate Treaty Terms

Posted in Climate change, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on March 23, 2009

foxspainThe G20 Global Summit, which will take place in the UK in April, stands to be an important factor in determining China’s stance on climate change commitments as Copenhagen draws near.

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Clinton to Address Climate Change, Energy in China

Posted in Climate change, Energy, Environmental Policies, International Agreements, Politics by ebalkan on February 13, 2009

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We will soon find out how China will receive Clinton in her new position as Secretary of State, as she has just announced her first trip to Asia, with China scheduled to be a critical stopoff. What’s more, Clinton aides have identified energy and climate change as two issues that will be at the top of her agenda.

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