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US slams China for glacial pace of action on climate crisis

21 July 2021 11:43 AM
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China
United States
Carbon emissions
John Kerry
Adam Gilchrist
Refilwe Moloto
Climate Emergency
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Refilwe Moloto interviews international correspondent Adam Gilchrist.
  • US climate envoy John Kerry says China must speed up the rate at which it aims to cut carbon emissions to avoid “climate chaos”

  • The previous US administration pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation

  • The United States is, historically, the world’s worst carbon emitter by far


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China must lower its carbon emissions sooner to avert climate “chaos”, US climate envoy John Kerry has warned on Tuesday.

The only way to “break free from the world’s mutual suicide pact” was cooperation between the US and China, said Kerry.

He called China’s continued construction of coalfired power stations “troubling”.

China plans to peak carbon emissions by 2030 while the US aims to cut its emissions in half by that time.

The United States is the world’s second-largest emitter, after China.

On a per-person basis, the US ranks 4th (after Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, and Australia) while China is 13th.

Historically, the United States is the world’s worst carbon culprit, having emitted 28.8% of the total since 1850 compared to China’s 9%.

Refilwe Moloto interviewed international correspondent Adam Gilchrist (scroll up to listen).

You can argue it’s only this administration that has shown commitment to cutting carbon emissions…

Adam Gilchrist - international correspondent

They’re not exactly in the best position for John Kerry to have a right go at China…

Adam Gilchrist - international correspondent



21 July 2021 11:43 AM
Tags:
China
United States
Carbon emissions
John Kerry
Adam Gilchrist
Refilwe Moloto
Climate Emergency
climate crisis
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto

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