This week, the United States, Brazil, and China all announced ambitious goals to combat climate change. These commitments are seen as important stepping stones toward the United Nation’s climate conference in Paris, which will take place in December of this year. The Washington Post reports:
“President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, leaders of the Western Hemisphere’s two most populous countries, released a statement Tuesday pledging each country to get 20 percent of its electricity by 2030 from renewable sources, not including hydropower. In addition, Brazil pledged to restore 12 million hectares, or 46,332 square miles, of its forests — about the size of England — by 2030 while it also pursues ‘policies aimed at eliminating illegal deforestation.’
Also on Tuesday, China…pledged to reduce the amount of carbon emitted relative to the size of its economy by 60 to 65 percent by 2030, building on cuts already made and in line with a prior agreement with the United States.”
These policy actions “elevate the issue of climate change” in the international political realm, and position these countries as future climate change leaders leading up to the Paris conference.
“The commitments by the three countries came in different forms and units, ranging from forest hectares to renewable energy gigawatts — but collectively appeared to represent a major step toward addressing climate change and cleaning global energy systems”
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