On November 11th, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced their plans for the U.S. and China to partner closely to combat climate change and reduce carbon pollution.
CNN recently covered this story: “Under the agreement, the United States would cut its 2005 level of carbon emissions by 26-28% before the year 2025. China would peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and will also aim to get 20% of its energy from zero-carbon emission sources by the same year … The announcement marks the first time China has agreed to peak its carbon emissions, according to the White House. Xi is calling for “an energy revolution” that would include broad economic reforms addressing air pollution.” (Read the rest of the CNN article)
“As the world’s two largest economies, energy consumers and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change,” Obama said Wednesday in a joint news conference with Xi.
Bren faculty member, Dr. Kyle Meng, who teaches Economics and Policy of Climate Change, offered his insight into this latest climate statement, as seen below in our latest Expert Insight video.
*Cover photo by Feng Li, Getty Images