The rich can relax. We just need the poor world to cut emissions. By 125% | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

‘Well, at least that clears up the mystery. Over the past year I’ve been fretting over an intractable contradiction. The government has promised spectacular cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. It is also pushing through new roads and runways, approving coal-burning power stations, bailing out car manufacturers and ditching regulations for low-carbon homes. How can these policies be reconciled?’

via The rich can relax. We just need the poor world to cut emissions. By 125% | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian.

US, China Announce Clean Energy Research Center

‘BEIJING — The United States and China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, announced plans for a joint clean energy research center Wednesday as the American commerce secretary appealed to Beijing to avoid imposing trade barriers on green technology.’

And an alarming factoid:

‘If China fails to use more renewable sources, the “amount of carbon
China emits in the next 30 years will equal all the carbon the U.S. has
emitted in the life of the country,” Chu said in a speech to students
at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.’

via US, China Announce Clean Energy Research Center.

Buses May Aid Climate Battle in Poor Cities – NYTimes.com

‘…The long, segmented, low-emission buses are part of a novel public transportation system called bus rapid transit, or B.R.T. It is more like an above-ground subway than a collection of bus routes, with seven intersecting lines, enclosed stations that are entered through turnstiles with the swipe of a fare card and coaches that feel like trams inside.’

via By Degrees – Buses May Aid Climate Battle in Poor Cities – Series – NYTimes.com.

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