China is prepared to take national steps on emissions reduction, energy expert says
China is ready to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions on a national level, a leading Chinese energy expert said yesterday.
Xiaojie Xu, chief fellow of the World Energy China Outlook and head of the energy division at the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, predicted a steep decline in coal demand and said the country needs to do "anything we can" to reduce the use of coal. Meanwhile, he said, China's rampant air pollution is the primary reason the government should go beyond its current efforts of reducing carbon intensity to ratcheting down absolute emissions.
U.N. climate envoy says U.S. and China should lead the way to new protocol
A "commitment to commit" might seem like the ultimate in diplomatic ambiguity, but when it comes to climate change deals, getting that kind of promise is considered a big win.
It's what Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg -- now serving as one of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's envoys for a climate summit later this year -- said he hopes to see from the United States and China when they meet in New York ahead of negotiations toward a global agreement that will be signed in Paris in 2015.
As the Green Climate Fund begins to organize, 'green' groups worry about corporate influence
Environmental and social justice groups yesterday called on the Green Climate Fund to limit the influence of corporations as it mobilizes hundreds of billions of dollars in climate aid.
In a letter to the GCF board meeting this week in Indonesia, more than 80 civil society groups accused the burgeoning fund of already putting "multinational corporate interest ahead of public interest" and argue that business groups have a "disproportionately loud" voice on the board.
Kerry toughens climate message in Indonesia
Secretary of State John Kerry delivered what some called the strongest call to action on climate change of his career this week, declaring that global warming is now "the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction."
Speaking to an audience in Jakarta, Indonesia, toward the end of a climate-heavy tour through Asia yesterday, Kerry blasted the "shoddy scientists and extreme ideologues" who cast doubt on the evidence of rising global temperatures.