Wednesday 17 October 2018

If China changes, everything changes in battle for the planet

Although Trump will still hog the limelight, it is the Chinese who hold the key to curbing climate change, writes Paul Deane

HOPE: French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing for discussions on climate change. Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/AP
HOPE: French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing for discussions on climate change. Photo: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron dominated the climate change headlines in 2017, for vastly different reasons. However, for 2018, it is what happens in Beijing that really counts.

Last year, President Trump began the exit from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The accord, ratified by 196 countries, aims to keep the global temperature rise this century to under 2C compared with pre-industrial levels.

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