Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

China and U.S. form climate change initiative
by Staff Writers
Beijing (UPI) Apr 15, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

China and the United States have committed to work together on climate change.

In a statement following U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit with Chinese leaders Saturday in Beijing, officials from the countries said "the increasing dangers presented by climate change measured against the inadequacy of the global response requires a more focused and urgent initiative."

Chinese and U.S. officials said they had initiated a "Climate Change Working Group" which will "begin immediately to determine and finalize ways in which they can advance cooperation on technology, research, conservation and alternative and renewable energy."

Both countries also said they had a "common interest in developing and deploying new environmental and clean energy technologies that promote economic prosperity and job creation while reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The group, to be headed by Todd Stern, the U.S. State Department's special envoy for climate change and Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission, is to present a report at the next meeting of the joint Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington in July.

The countries cited "overwhelming scientific consensus" regarding climate change -- including a sharp rise in global average temperatures over the past century, the "alarming acidification" of oceans, rapid loss of arctic sea ice and extreme weather events occurring worldwide -- which they said "constitutes a compelling call to action."

"Forceful, nationally appropriate action by the United States and China -- including large-scale cooperative action -- is more critical than ever," the statement read. "Such action is crucial both to contain climate change and to set the kind of powerful example that can inspire the world."

Separately, in his remarks Saturday, Kerry referred to the initiative as "the best of international and government-to-government cooperation," adding that it is important because China and the United States represent the world's two biggest economies, the world's two largest consumers of energy and the two largest emitters of global greenhouse gasses.

Kerry noted that in 2001, Chinese companies invested $1 million in a single energy-related deal in the United States. By 2012, China had more than 70 energy deals with investments in the United States valued at nearly $9 billion.

Kerry's first visit to Beijing as secretary of state and comes amid a series of intense smog episodes that has hit the capital city over the past few months.

"China's leaders recognize -- we've seen important statements from the state councilor, from the president, from the premier -- all of them are embracing the fact that China needs to clean its air for its own citizens," Kerry said.


Related Links
Climate Science News - Modeling, Mitigation Adaptation

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

CO2 removal can lower costs of climate protection
Potsdam Germany (SPX) Apr 16, 2013
According to the analysis, carbon dioxide removal could be used under certain requirements to alleviate the most costly components of mitigation, but it would not replace the bulk of actual emissions reductions. "Carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere allows to separate emissions control from the time and location of the actual emissions. This flexibility can be important for climate p ... read more

Characterizing The Lunar Radiation Environment

Russia rekindles Moon exploration program, intends setting up first human outposts there

Pre-existing mineralogy may survive lunar impacts

Lunar cycle determines hunting behaviour of nocturnal gulls

Accurate pointing by Curiosity

NASA Mars Orbiter Images May Show 1971 Soviet Lander

Opportunity is in position for solar conjunction at 'Cape York' on the rim of Endeavour Crater

NASA spacecraft may have spotted pieces of Soviet spacecraft on Mars

Obama's budget would boost science, health

Underwater for outer space

NASA Celebrates Four Decades of Plucky Pioneer 11

Do Intellectual Property Rights on Existing Technologies Hinder Subsequent Innovation

Shenzhou's Shadow Crew

Shenzhou 10 sent to launch site

China's Next Women Astronauts

Shenzhou 10 - Next Stop: Jiuquan

Europe sets June 5 for launch of space freighter

Spooky action at a distance aboard the ISS

First data released from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Team Publishes First Findings

Payload integration is underway for Vega's second mission from the Spaceport

Ecuador to launch first homemade satellite

Arianespace receives the second Vega for launch from French Guiana

Future Looks Bright for Private US Space Ventures

Can One Buy the Right to Name a Planet?

Retired Star Found With Planets And Debris Disc

The Great Exoplanet Debate

NASA Selects Explorer Investigations for Formulation

High pressure gold nanocrystal structure revealed

Scientists design new adaptive material inspired by tears

UC Research Demonstrates Why Going Green Is Good Chemistry

Florida Tech professors present 'dark side of dark lightning' at conference

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement