China Agrees To Cut Emissions For The First Time

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Nov 15, 2023
John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua in Beijing in 2022. Credit -Valerie Volcovici/Reuters

The United States and China are responsible for a large percentage of the worlds CO2 emissions which are raising the temperature of our planet and creating a Climate Crisis impacting all of our planet’s inhabitants. Leaders from both countries have been meeting on and off over the past couple of years to make progress on this issue that impacts everyone alive now and future generations.

As far back as the 1850’s, research showed CO2 emissions impact temperatures. In the 1960’s Exxon oil researchers predicted the impacts of these emissions on the planet with great accuracy. The science is clear that humans have impacted the planets temperature by burning fossil fuels like coal and petroleum.

According to the New York Times, the statements of cooperation released separately by the United States and China do not include a promise by China to phase out its heavy use of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, or to stop permitting and building new coal plants. That has been a sticking point for the United States in months of discussions with Beijing on climate change.

In the current agreement, both countries agreed to triple the amount of renewable energy globally by 2030 and that increase should accelerate the replacement of coal, oil and gas electrical generation. Both countries agreed to “meaningful absolute power sector emission reduction” which appears to be the first time China has agreed to cut emissions in any part of its economy.

This agreement is a sign of progress in the battle against our Climate Crisis but there is a lot of work ahead for both countries during the transition away from dirty, polluting fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

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About The Author - Stu Frothingham

Stu has a degree in Clean Energy Technology, a Certificate in Sustainable Business Management and a BA in Communications. He’s experienced in marketing solar products and services plus he has a background as a clinician and researcher. Stu designed, manufactured and installed his own solar PV system and drives an all-electric Nissan LEAF to reduce his carbon footprint. Stu is active with local solar organizations, Seattle Parks and Sustainable Ballard. He wants to help to save the planet for future generations and believes sustainability is something we can all embrace.

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