- Kristen McDonald , China Program Director, Pacific Environment
Oct 19 , 2016When a mine leaks heavy metals into drinking water supply in China, or when school children fall sick due to contaminated soil, or when a factory exceeds its pollution, whose job is it to respond? Kristen McDonald met with grassroots environmental groups around China to understand the challenges communities face, and the help that NGOs provide to local environmental protection bureaus.
- Carla Park Freeman , Associate Director and Research Professor, China Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Oct 18 , 2016Friction between Washington and Beijing may be growing, but the Paris climate change agreement stands out as a powerful example of what can be achieved when the U.S. and China cooperate. In the context of U.S. climate politics, cooperation with China may do little to persuade opponents of climate change policy whose views are rooted in denial of climate change. However, cooperation between the two countries in tandem with the Paris Agreement has engendered a sense among industry leaders that sustained competitiveness must involve adapting to a low carbon economy.
- Matthew D. Johnson , Chair, East Asian Studies and Associate Professor, History, Grinnell College
Oct 07 , 2016Matthew Johnson discusses the environmental and political implications of the Paris Agreement as it is poised to take effect. Ratification of the Paris Agreement by the U.S. and China signifies an increasingly rare moment of visible cooperation between two environmentally impactful countries. What remains to be seen is how leadership gets allocated in terms of economic benefit and global rule setting.
- 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. Marianne Ojo discusses specifics of the Agreement, and the inspiration China and the U.S. provide for the remaining countries to sign the Agreement—still needing at least 30 more signatures to legally take effect.
- Gwynne Taraska , Associate Director, Energy Policy, Center for 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 resilience to the damaging effects of climate change.
- 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.
- Ben Reynolds , Writer and Foreign Policy Analyst in New York
Jun 30 , 2016Many of the new climate change-related developments within the Strategic and Economic Dialogue emerged from a summit that brought U.S. and Chinese policymakers and private sector leaders together to establish cooperative relationships. Benjamin Reynolds describes some of the interesting and practical agreements on energy and climate change between private and public sectors, but also reminds us that previous climate accords have always struggled to enforce climate targets that are often conveniently forgotten after big summits.
- 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 enough coal mines to cut CO2 emissions equal to the entirety of Great Britain’s annual emissions, but what else is needed to keep under two degrees Celsius?
- 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.
- China accounts for half of the worlds coal consumption, which greatly contributes to its 30% share of global CO2 emissions. Decreasing reliance on coal is part of China’s progress for reaching the goals set by the U.S.-China climate agreement. Investment in solar and wind renewable energy are further contributing to reaching targets sooner than expected.