The US will work with Russia on ways to combat the climate crisis, President Joe Biden has announced, saying he looked forward to joint efforts and was “very heartened” by the country’s call for collaboration on new technologies such as carbon removal. But though Russia’s president Vladimir Putin insisted he was “genuinely interested in galvanising international cooperation so as to look further for effective solutions to climate change as well as to all other vital challenges”, he made no mention of reducing oil and gas supply or consumption. Putin also failed to provide any assurance that Russia would submit a new national plan on cutting carbon, a requirement this year under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Guardian 24th April 2021 read more »
The US, the world’s second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is now committed to halving emissions this decade. Joe Biden’s announcement, at a White House virtual climate summit, has thrown the spotlight clearly on the world’s biggest emitter: China. China is responsible for roughly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is likely to increase its carbon output this year. Without strong action from China, the world will be unable to hold back climate breakdown. The country has a long-term target of reaching net zero emissions by 2060 but has yet to produce a national plan for its emissions this decade, as required under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Guardian 23rd April 2021 read more »
Boris Johnson’s sneering attitude to the climate is an utter embarrassment.
The National 24th April 2021 read more »