US-China Paris Agreement Bilat Blooms

Obama and Xi

Over the course of the UNFCCC’s 24-year history, the relationship between the US and China on climate change has changed dramatically. Since COP15 in Copenhagen, the gradual movement away from a hard line between developed and developing country obligations has been eased by the two countries’ improving bilateral working relationship. In November, 2014 – just a month before COP20, a pivotal…
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Reading Between the Lines on the US-China Climate Agreement

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As noted on this blog yesterday, at the close of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing, President Obama and President Xi Jinping issued a joint US-China “announcement” on climate change.  The United States announced that it intends to achieve economy-wide emissions reductions of 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, while China for the…
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US-China relations post-COP19

beijing air quality

Today’s HuffPost features an article on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s view that China is poised for a green revolution.  McCarthy sees internal pressures by the rising Chinese middle class on its political leaders to do more on environmental regulation and climate change.  She cited to the now famous example of the U.S. embassy’s air quality…
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