02 Apr '15, 1pm

US Climate Commitment Should Spur Other Countries to Act

The U.S. discussion concerning the fairness and ambition of its contribution is limited in scope. Information about these issues is essential to determining how the actions by the United States compare to other countries and how far they go toward reaching the target level of emissions reductions. In addressing fairness and ambition, the submission notes the doubling of the U.S. emissions-reduction rate and the goal of an 80 percent or more reduction by 2050. However, the proposed commitment does not use key indicators of fairness, as other countries’ submissions have done, such as emissions per capita, economic capacity or mitigation potential. Presenting its contribution without this context makes it difficult to determine whether the United States is realizing its mitigation potential to the greatest extent possible considering its national circumstances.

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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