China joins with European Union in sticking to Paris climate pact
Jun 06 2017 by Johnny Bowman
The opportunities for China are huge, as it can step into the USA role of providing technology and equipment transfer to developing nations to help them meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.
An EU official in Brussels said on Wednesday that the accord concluded in 2015 would stay in force and continue to be implemented even if the United States withdrew.
Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said Europe and China must lead the global transition to clean-energy technologies after the US chose to withdraw from the landmark climate-protection accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris two years ago. Well, since the U.S.is the second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases - only China emits more - we must carry a substantial share of the load. That sort of rhetorical leadership is very welcome, experts say, but neither country is in any position to replace the financial incentives the United States had offered poorer nations.
Juncker told the business conference on Friday that China and the European Union recognized the need for worldwide solutions and this was nowhere more important than full implementation of the Paris agreement.
Bainimarama said the decision is a grave disappointment for places like his Pacific island nation and US coastal cities like NY and Miami that are vulnerable to climate change.
"Fighting climate change is a global consensus, not invented by China", Li said, seemingly referencing a tweet by Trump in 2012.
There are parallels as well to China's attempt to portray itself as a champion of economic globalization, with President Xi Jinping attempting to seize that mantle in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January as the United States threatened to become more protectionist.
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"We are confident of finding a convergence of views", Cicu said.
Meanwhile, India - which set a target of increasing its renewable power capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022 - has exceeded its targets for wind power this fiscal year and has made some strides in increasing its solar capacity, according to a study from the World Resources Institute.
"If you ask the developers everything is clean but if you look at the emissions standards being applied most of these projects generate a lot more air pollution than is allowed for in China", said Greenpeace's Myllyvirta.
We're glad to see our governor, Andrew Cuomo, lead NY to join with California and Washington in starting a coalition of states committed to upholding their part of the Paris pact. Climate change is real. She believed that, through joint efforts, the two countries will better meet common challenges and boost shared development.
For more than a year, Chinese and European officials have been quietly drafting a joint statement on climate change.
We were also encouraged to see so many Americans taking positive actions to improve the environment rather than just complaining about Trump's move. Speaking to reporters on Thursday before Trump's decision was announced, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and sees no alternative to it. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain would continue to press the U.S.to reduce risky emissions even if Trump pulls out.