After the U.S.-China Pact, Will the World Pick a Peak Carbon Date?

November 18, 2014 5:04 AM

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Last week the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, accounting for 40 percent of global emissions, signed an accord on improving their polluting ways. The U.S. said it would reduce emissions as much as 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, while China said its emissions would reach a maximum no later than 2030 and that the country would ramp up renewable energy production.

The deal doesn’t mean the climate crisis is over. Just look at a country such as Canada: It abandoned legally binding commitments to reduce emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, demonstrating that countries don’t always meet their firmest promises in this area. Even if the U.S. and China do hold ...

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