17 January 2017
Addressing delegates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese premier Xi Jinping says tackling climate change is a "responsibility" countries must assume to protect future generations
Chinese premier Xi Jinping has urged world leaders not to abandon the historic Paris climate change agreement in a high profile speech today to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
In an address that stressed the importance of world trade for delivering economic growth and stability, President Xi said it is vital countries stick to their commitments for tackling climate change for the sake of future generations.
In an unusual essay in the journal Science, President Obama urges his successor to stay in the Paris agreement and continue the clean energy revolution.
BY JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR.
JAN 9, 2017
President Obama, writing in the nation's leading science journal, declared that "the trend toward clean energy is irreversible" regardless of the different policy choices likely to come from his successor.
In an unusual essay by a departing president, Obama urged Donald Trump not to "step away from Paris," where the world's nations pledged in 2015 to accelerate the shift to carbon-free energy to slow global warming.
Global CO2 Emissions Rise Stalled Out in 2015
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 10:17 AM PST The rise in global human emissions of CO2 came to a halt in 2015, dropping 0.1 percent following three consecutive years of slow growth, according to PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Declines in emissions from coal-fired power plants and cement production (down 2 percent combined) were big factors, while tepid economic growth and heightened levels of uncertainty also contributed.CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants and cement production dropped 2 percent globally last year from 2014 while primary energy production rose 1.0 percent. That drop was offset by rising emissions from combustion of natural gas and oil products, PBL and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (EC-JRC) report in the latest annual “Trends in global CO2 emissions.”The top two national sources of CO2 emissions, China and the U.S., reduced emissions 0.7 and 2.6 percent, respectively. Emissions also dropped across the Russian Federation (-3.4%) and Japan (-2.2%) but rose in India (+5.1%) and the E.U. (+1.3%), the agencies highlight in a news release.