kyoto protocol

US and China Continue to Play Climate "Ping-Pong"

At the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, the primary goal of reaching a global agreement on emissions before the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 appears to be reaching a deadlock. An article from Business...

China Combats Climate Change

China began hosting the current round of UN sponsored climate talks in Beijing last Sunday. China Daily reports on the opening of the talks: The 2011 China International Forum on Climate Change opened in Beijing on Sunday to...

Rich Nations Trying to Kill Kyoto Pact, says China

From Reuters.com: China and a top G77 official accused rich nations on Monday of trying to kill off the Kyoto Protocol, the U.N.’s main weapon in the fight against global warming, as nations try to craft a broader climate...

How America Can Turn China Green

Newsweek reports on why relations between the U.S. and China can have an impact on the environment: Gao Guangsheng has an odd sense of timing. In late October, as the global financial system was collapsing around him, he put the...

Opinion: Clearing the Air with China

A Los Angeles Times editorial argues that President Barack Obama’s plans to fight climate change with new green infrastructure projects at home will do little good unless China is willing to drastically reduce its carbon...

Bali Needs to Know – Can China Go Green? – Robert Collier

From SF Chronicle: As international diplomats gather in Bali to try to begin negotiating a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol, their toughest challenge is how to deal with China’s fast rise as the world’s leading source of greenhouse gases. At the talks, which began Dec. 3 and continue until Dec. 14, no binding agreement […]

China’s Signals on Warming – New York Times

New York Times has an editorial today: Two factors are crucial to the success of any global system to reduce greenhouse gases. One is American leadership; the other is China’s full participation. Despite President Bush’s diffidence, there has been mounting pressure for the United States to assume a more aggressive role from mayors, governors, some […]

China ‘exploiting Kyoto loophole’ – Fiona Harvey

Adding a new dimension to the story of China’s for-profit participation in carbon credit trading, the Financial Times reports that Chinese factories and carbon traders are raking in tidy revenues by exploiting the high credit value of trifluoromethane (also called flouroform or HCF-23): The equipment, known as “scrubbers”, to reduce HFC gases is cheap to […]

US agrees climate deal with Asia – BBC

From the BBC: The US and five Asia-Pacific states have announced a surprise pact to cut greenhouse gases which falls outside the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. China, India, South Korea, Japan and Australia and the US account for nearly half of world greenhouse gas emissions.

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