New analyses by the International Energy Agency, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and other experts confirm what I explained in my last blog: that China's revised historical coal consumption figures for 2000-2012, while significant in absolute terms, will not affect long term trends or impact the upcoming climate negotiations.
Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama announced new and strengthened actions by both countries domestically and working together as part of a joint presidential statement on climate change. These commitments provide substantial new financing for developing countries to build low-carbon and climate resilient economies.
Li Junfeng of China's National Development and Reform Commission has provided a helpful comparison of China's climate pledge and that of leading developed countries. He concludes that China is making significant contributions comparable to that of developed countries, based on a number of indicators we'll discuss below.
Climate change is such a massive issue that thinking about strategies for combating its effects -- or even trying to prevent them -- can be frustrating as well as daunting. Luckily, there is an ever increasing number of people that are hard at work finding solutions for problems that are small-scale and often geographically localized. Think of transport, for example. Now narrow the focus down to a single activity, parcel transport for online purchases.