Author: John McGarrity

Paris agreement signing may lead to early climate action

Signing of Paris climate agreement this week raises hopes of swifter, deeper emissions cuts, while poor nations are hoping for more action from rich countries before 2020

At least 155 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, a major milestone that could see countries enacting the deal by next year, well before the official start date of 2020…Read More

China pledges $3.1bn of climate finance

President Xi Jinping promises finance to help developing countries deal with climate change as part of a “common vision” announced with the US at Washington summit

China has promised around US$3 billion of finance for developing countries to cut carbon emissions and adapt to climate change, the first big commitment by Beijing on helping vulnerable nations deal with impacts of a warming climate…Read more

China’s CO2 emissions ‘lower than previously thought’: research

China’s CO2 emissions have been overestimated by international agencies over the past decade, says a new study, further stoking the debate about the country’s true carbon footprint

How much carbon dioxide does China really emit? The question has long been a vexed one, particularly at climate talks, and is crucial because for almost a decade China has been ranked as the world’s largest emitter of the gas…Read more

UN climate talks fail to clear obstacles to Paris deal

Negotiators shuffle the pack rather than showing their hands at Bonn climate meeting

The latest round of UN climate talks have made slow progress on refining a negotiating text for the Paris summit in December, the focal point for efforts to agree curbs on greenhouse gas emissions in developed and developing countries. Despite two weeks of talks at an interim meeting in the German city of Bonn, most of the contradictory…Read more

China faces ‘grave risks’ from climate change

Head of China’s weather service warns that climate change could make droughts, crop failures and energy shortages increasingly likely in the world’s most populous country

China’s most senior weather official has given a strong warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have “huge impacts” on the country’s food and water supplies, state media reported on Sunday. Rising global…Read more