30 Sep '15, 10pm

China’s climate action plan is pushing Brazil and other big developing countries to step up

On Monday, Brazil became the first major developing country to commit to absolute reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions — and for that, you can thank China and the U.S. China has not itself committed to cutting its emissions; rather, it has pledged to have its emissions stop growing by at least 2030, and to ramp up its use of renewables and take other steps to shift to a clean energy economy. But for a fast-growing country that still has 200 million people living in extreme poverty, those are landmark steps. And China’s commitment to take serious climate action is encouraging other big developing countries to do the same. The Obama administration credits China with paving the way for Brazil to make its own notable climate pledges. Previously, the large developing nations had argued as a bloc, with China as their de facto leader, that they should not be required to cur...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/chinas-climate-action-pla...

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