Attenborough is right about how important China is, but he doesn’t seem to be very conscious of what China is already doing to tackle climate change. China is the world leader in the production of solar panels. It is the world leader on the production of electric vehicles. It is probably going to initiate the worlds biggest emissions trading scheme sometime this year. So China is already doing quite a lot of things. So it’s not a question of the world waiting until China joins in. It is already joining in. The question is about the other thing that China is doing, that can be pretty damaging. It’s investing far too much through the Belt and Road initiative on coal. So it’s stopping China doing some things, as well as encouraging it to do more of the other things that it is already doing. And of course, the rest of the world has got to join in too. You can not save China from climate change unless the rest of the world does a lot.
Tom Burke 16th Jan 2020 read more »