Last month, President Xi Jinping addressed the United Nations General Assembly via video message and sent shockwaves around the world, announcing that his country will stop building coal-fired power plants overseas
BERKELEY – Two years after its launch, the California-China Climate Institute celebrated its anniversary last week by convening two virtual Climate Week NYC events focused U.S. and Chinese subnational climate action and applauding new legislation – AB 39 by Assemblymember Ed Chau – signed by California Governor Gavin Newson, which recognizes, and codifies, the ongoing work of the Institute.
The largest climate package in state history, Governor Newsom highlights over $15 billion in funding to tackle wildfire and drought challenges, build climate resilience in communities, promote sustainable agriculture and advance nation-leading climate agenda.
How can forests, wetlands, and farms provide solutions to meet our climate goals? How do we create and implement policies to support the ecosystems that we depend on to sequester carbon, protect coastal cities from floods and heat waves, and provide us with clean air and water? Answering these questions is at the center of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the California-China Climate Institute’s (CCCI) ongoing work to advance nature-based climate solutions (NbS) in California and China.
Recent carbon and climate neutrality commitments from a growing number of countries and regions —China, the EU, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the U.S. — represent a sea change in global momentum for tackling climate change.
The California-China Climate Institute has released a new report outlining avenues for gaining traction and international collaboration on short-lived climate pollutants. The report offers opportunities for reducing short-lived climate pollutants for China and highlight the importance of multi-policy and multi-gas strategies by drawing out examples of these approaches from California, Canada, and the European Union.
Xie Zhenhua, China’s special envoy for climate change, has said that the country aims to neutralise “all GHGs” before 2060. He noted that China intends to achieve the neutrality of “the emissions of greenhouse gases in all economic sectors, not just CO2”.
BERKELEY – The California-China Climate Institute today released the latest episodes of its audio and video podcast, “Climate Dialogues with Jerry Brown,” featuring conversations with former United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary and Global Optimism Founding Partner Christiana Figueres; former President of Ireland and The Elders Chair Mary Robinson; and Astronomer Royal and Cambridge University’s Center for the Study of Existential Risk co-founder Dr. Martin Rees.
China and the United States would benefit from cooperation in tackling climate change, a forum has heard as reports aired at the gathering reinforced the need for the two biggest economies to coordinate their efforts.
China’s long-awaited national emissions trading system (ETS) launched last week, following prolonged anticipation. The effort was first announced in 2011, during the 12th Five-Year Planning process, as part of a broader strategy for enhancing green development.
BERKELEY – As the U.S. and China chart a path to achieve their ambitious mid-century carbon neutrality targets, the California-China Climate Institute today released two new reports – one focused on the U.S. and the other on China – identifying institutional, policy and technology gaps and opportunities based on a comprehensive review and analysis of recent deep decarbonization studies in both countries.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made it clear that global net carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced to zero by mid-century to potentially limit global temperature rise to 1.5°Celsius (C), and stave off the worst impacts of climate change.
Californian and Chinese urban areas have long faced significant local air pollution issues, posing challenges to public health. Large cities in both regions face local air quality concerns and thermal inversions which further compound the problem (for example, in Los Angeles and Beijing).
In Breakthroughs, a publication of UC Berkeley's Rausser College of Natural Resources, Professor Dan Kammen, a former U.S. State Department science envoy who serves on the academic advisory committee for California-China Climate Institute, recently sat down with Governor Jerry Brown to discuss goals for the institute, how research can affect policy more quickly, and reasons for optimism on climate change.
China and the United States share a set of similar goals when it comes to climate change, which could help advance collaboration and inspire others around the world to work together toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent report and climate experts.
Former California Air Resources Board Chair and California-China Climate Institute Vice-Chair Mary Nichols joins KQED to discuss how she arrived in California, working for Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger, how Joe Biden has followed California's lead on climate policy and the potential for ongoing collaboration with China on lowering emissions.
BERKELEY – Just weeks after the U.S. and China committed to cooperatively tackle the climate crisis, the California-China Climate Institute, in partnership with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Energy and Environmental Economics (E3), today released a groundbreaking report, “Getting to Net Zero: U.S.-China Framework and Milestones for Carbon Neutrality,” detailing shared pathways to carbon neutrality for the world’s two largest economies.
Aimee Barnes, senior advisor at California-China Climate Institute and founder of Hua Nani Partners, discusses President Joe Biden’s climate summit, the reputation of the United States on the world stage and the U.S.’s climate goals. She speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: China Open.”