The US and China have “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change, the two sides said in a joint statement on Saturday, following a visit to Shanghai by US climate envoy John Kerry. “The United States and China are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands,” said the statement from Kerry and China’s special envoy for climate change, Xie Zhenhua. The joint statement listed multiple avenues of cooperation between the US and China, the world’s top two economies that together account for nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. It stressed “enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement”. The nations also agreed to discuss specific “concrete” emission reduction actions including energy storage, carbon capture and hydrogen, and agreed to take action to maximise financing for developing countries to switch to low-carbon energy sources.
Observer 18th April 2021 read more »
They have already upturned industries including global technology and retail and earned a fortune in the process. But the world’s richest people are now trying to make their mark on one of humanity’s biggest challenges: tackling climate change. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos are all pledging huge sums to the fight, while Elon Musk sees it as his life’s work. Whether driven by megalomania, legacy-building, or purer motives, they are committing serious cash, with Bezos’s $10bn (£7.25bn) Earth Fund the biggest pile of all.
Telegraph 17th April 2021 read more »
Argyll firefighters battled a wildfire for 15 hours after a hillside in Oban was engulfed by flames last night. The grass fire broke out on a hillside near Longsdale Crescent and fire crews were alerted at 3.32pm.
Herald 17th April 2021 read more »