A joint communiqué issued following a visit of US climate envoy John Kerry to Shanghai for talks pledges both countries to cooperating on efforts to tackle global warming, itself something of a breakthrough, given the cool relations between Washington and Beijing. They also agreed to approach the matter “with the seriousness and the urgency that it demands” and to help developing countries to finance a switch to low-carbon energy. While the statement promises a high-level commitment, presumably from President Joe Biden (who is chairing a two-day online climate change summit this week) and Xi Jinping, there is little in the way of detail, nor is it yet clear whether the Chinese leader proposes to attend the conference. None the less, the COP26 process would be pointless without these two on board and their rapprochement at least improves the chances of a comprehensive agreement in Glasgow, assuming it goes ahead.
Telegraph 19th April 2021 read more »
The United States and China have promised to adopt more ambitious goals to fight climate change in an agreement between the world’s two largest polluters that was hailed by environmental activists. A joint statement from the two countries on a plan to address the climate crisis “with the seriousness and urgency it demands” was agreed after three days of talks in Shanghai between John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate, and Xie Zhenhua, his Chinese counterpart.
Times 19th April 2021 read more »
The consequences of not taking further action on climate change would be “beyond catastrophic” for the planet, US climate envoy John Kerry has warned. The former secretary of state said the need to tackle the issue is “extremely urgent” for the whole world.
Herald 18th April 2021 read more »
Once again, scientists have linked a weather-related catastrophe directly to human-induced climate change. Extreme frost and springtime snowfalls in Western Europe can be pinned to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice. So, paradoxically, global heating may have had the unexpected effect of wiping out around one third of the French wine harvest for this coming year, after temperatures so low that growers were forced to light bonfires in their vineyards to save the first buds from the chill.
Climate News Network 19th April 2021 read more »