Oct 01, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping made his commitment to introduce a nationwide cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, the effectiveness of the emissions trading system, now being used by seven Chinese cities, will hinge on how the system is designed and implemented.
Oct 01, 2015
"We can applaud its announced commitment to carbon trading, but we should be forewarned: Cap-and-trade is a tool lifted from a very different system of governance. Carbon trading in China may be an experiment the world cannot afford," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.
Sep 30, 2015
While many cheered the announcement of China’s “cap and trade” program, there is some concern over whether or not it can work. Ruth Greenspan Bell comments.
Sep 29, 2015
CEF Director Jennifer Turner discusses China's newly-announced carbon trading system, examining issue areas and its role in U.S.-China Climate Agreement.
CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in Xinhua News on Recent U.S.-China Commitments to November 2014 Climate Agreement
Sep 28, 2015
Commitments from China and the United States, the world's two largest economies, injected fresh energy into the battle against climate change, while bolstering prospects for an ambitious pact in Paris later this year, environmental experts said.
CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article on China's Commitment to Reducing Carbon Emissions
Sep 25, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the White House on Thursday may seem like just another in a long line of general diplomatic meetings where much is discussed but little is resolved. But behind closed doors the Obama administration has built a stable diplomatic relationship with China that shows no signs of collapsing, experts say, even as the discussion between the two superpowers becomes increasingly blunt.
Sep 23, 2015
"The current attempts to tackle climate change on an international level, undertaken by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change diminishes its own likelihood for success in its attempt to create a sweeping plan for change. A few relatively simple changes, however, could help break the UNFCCC's repetitive cycle of failure that has progressed slowly and accomplished little," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.
Sep 22, 2015
China is entering a new era of energy and environmental laws aimed at clearing the air while ratcheting down carbon pollution. At a CEF meeting on 9/11, policy analysts and environmental activists working on Chinese energy issues praised a new air pollution law aimed at restricting various forms of smog. But, they argued, while China is increasingly serious about tackling the twin challenges of climate change and air pollution, the government needs still more tools to restrict the growth of coal.
Sep 16, 2015
" The U.S. government acting alone simply does not have the resources to make much difference to economic growth in India even though India needs outside help. At times this seems hard for the Indian side to understand and even harder for the U.S. side to admit." said Raymond E. Vickery
Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America & The Caribbean: What Will it Take to Build Resilient Communities?
Sep 10, 2015
The Latin America and Caribbean region is particularly vulnerable to some of the most challenging aspects of climate change. The Wilson Center has been part of an effort to convene key stakeholders in the region and to explore promising tools in climate change adaptation through a series of seminars. Recently top experts and policymakers from those seminars in Colombia, Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Peru, gathered at the Center to further broaden the dialogue. Biologist and Wilson Center consultant, Carmen Lacambra, provides Context on progress and remaining challenges.