Paris Climate conference: setting expectations

A roundup of links in advance of COP21: CarbonBrief: Tracking country climate pledges OECD: Targets and goals for climate change mitigation The European Union’s international target has been translated into an EU-wide policy framework. Based on the experience gained to reach its 20/20/20 targets, the European Commission…

Cleaner air coming to China?

Curbing risks together - voluntary and coordinated targets On China's plan to deal with the pollution crisis, the OECD reports: "China has formalised efforts to mitigate climate change in recent five-year plans. For example, the 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (2011-15), expressed the need to…

Xi Jinping in the U.S., part 3

Selected articles related to president Xi Jinping's visit to the United States. Previous summaries are here and here. White House factsheet, September 25 The United States and China agree that neither country’s government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential…

CO2 emissions in China: How big is measurement uncertainty?

The uncertainty about Chinese emissions is, it turns out, as large total emissions of India: Source: Trends in global CO2 emissions: 2013 Report The chart above shows fossil-fuel combustion and cement production added together, so it's possible it excludes some source sectors, such as fugitive emissions from fuels, feedstock and…