- Gwynne Taraska , Associate Director of Energy Policy, American Progress
Andrew Light , Professor, George Mason University
Sep 28 , 2016On September 3rd, the United States and China formally joined the Paris Agreement, a historic global pact to curb greenhouse gas pollution and build res
- Marianne Ojo , Visiting Professor and Post-doctoral Researcher, George Mason University
Sep 28 , 2016The 2015 Paris Climate Summit Agreement witnessed a huge and significant step forward in its legal enforcement, on September 3, 2016, following its ratification by China and the United States.
- Elizabeth Muller , Executive Director, Berkeley Earth
Jul 08 , 2016Progress in China’s shale gas exploration has been non-existent, and in the past three years approximately 4.8 million Chinese have died from air pollution from burning coal. Partnerships with large U.S. oil and gas companies, demonstration projects, and the use of auctions, may not be the answer however; the U.S.’s own shale gas revolution showed that a mass of small, innovative, new companies were its catalyst.
- Walker Rowe , Publisher, Southern Pacific Review
May 12 , 2016China and the U.S. are actively promoting the changes set out in the Paris Climate Agreement signed at the end of April. China’s already shut down enou
- Brahma Chellaney , Professor, Center for Policy Research
May 11 , 2016Beijing has highlighted its water hegemony over downstream countries by releasing some dammed water for drought-hit nations in the lower Mekong River basin. Brahma Chellaney argues that this unilateralist approach underscores the imperative for institutionalized water cooperation in Asia, based on a balance between rights and obligations.
- Stewart Taggart , Founder & Principal, Grenatec
May 04 , 2016Roughly $10 trillion per year, or 12% of the global economy, is now in play fighting climate change. Properly invested in zero emission energy, transpor
- Chen Yonglong , Director of Center of American Studies, China Foundation for International Studies
Dec 22 , 2015The negotiations were tiresome, the jostling was tough and complicated. To save the common homeland of mankind, to guarantee the sustainable development of all countries, the conclusion of the Paris Agreement gives hope and expectation that we can overcome all sorts of difficulties, and we have the wisdom and courage to do so.
- Yvo de Boer , Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute
Dec 21 , 2015The landmark climate deal negotiated last week in Paris is important first step. However, increased coordination and cooperation between developed and developing countries to enable these much-needed reforms is critical. This includes collective learning, building tools to help strengthen institutional capacity and develop green growth policy, expanding peer learning and knowledge sharing, and engaging private investors and public donors.
- Ben Reynolds , Writer and Foreign Policy Analyst in New York
Dec 10 , 2015As long as booming economic growth is seen as the key to enduring legitimacy and political success, it may be politically impossible to avoid catastrophic global warming. There are no “American” or “Chinese” emissions. There are simply carbon emissions.
- Han Liqun , Researcher, China Institutes of Contemporary Int'l Relations
Nov 30 , 2015Historically, international development cooperation without financing arrangements often had no future. Although the Paris Conference opens now, there has been no systemic progress on climate financing. If developed countries fail to make clear arrangements on how to finance the $100 billion target, developing countries may well refuse to sign on the final agreement. It is therefore essential for the parties to reach a realistic and politically acceptable financing scheme.