Monday 17 November 2014


Last week the United States and China gave us something to celebrate - an agreement on limiting carbon emissions.


In case you haven't been following the climate debates as closely as I have, here's the very basic rundown:
  • International climate negotiations have been at a stalemate for years as countries debate how much action they should each take. 
  • A major sticking point was that America wouldn't put a limit on its carbon emissions unless developing nations - like China - put a limit on their carbon emissions. 
  • Now China and the United States have agreed on a deal - America will cut its emissions to 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2025, and China will reach peak emissions no later than 2030.

Sure, the details need sorting out, and President Obama now has to contend with his Republican Congress, but overall, as Paul Krugman says, "a major part of the anti-environmentalist argument has just collapsed."

And in my world, this is definitely cause for celebration.

Cheers, fellas, thanks for your dedication to the environment!
(Do you think this was organic wine?)


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