China May Hop on the Carbon Emission Cap Bandwagon

Well, this is encouraging news. The day after the White House rolled out the most dramatic plan to curb emissions in U.S. history—dropping emissions by 30 percent by 2030—it looks like China might be getting on board as well. He Jiankun, a professor in China, is telling the press that China is mulling a five-year plan to cap carbon emissions “The government will use two ways to control CO2 emissions in the next five-year plan, by intensity and an absolute cap,” Reuters quotes Professor He as saying.

Now, Professor He is a government advisor, so this doesn’t have quite the punch of an official statement. But as China is currently leading the world in carbon emissions, with their output having skyrocketed 50% since 2005. So, any sign of change is a positive one …

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