Carbon cuts raise hope for climate change deal

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James Wertsch, Shen Dingli and Swaran Singh say the substantial carbon emission targets announced by the world’s major economies are raising hope for a comprehensive climate change agreement in Paris

With India’s submission to the UN this month of its intended contributions on carbon emission cuts, all the major economies have now formally submitted pledges, setting the stage for a positive outcome at the Paris climate change summit that begins next month.

While US and EU leaders have been at the forefront in building a global consensus on climate change, it is China – the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide since 2006 – that has taken the lead in promising to reduce “carbon intensity”. Beijing has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product generation by as much as 60 to 65 per cent of its 2005 levels, by 2030.

Read the full story: Change in the air: Progress by China, US and India on carbon cuts raises hope for climate change deal in Paris