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Provocative Article on Chinadialogue on the Importance of U.S.-China Climate Collaboration

From Chinadialogue:

“US president Barack Obama’s first state visit to China and his joint announcement with Chinese president Hu Jintao have renewed hopes for international climate talks, as both countries reaffirmed their commitment to a successful outcome in Copenhagen. This is a welcome development as the talks had fallen into political pessimism following the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, when APEC leaders said they would not seek a binding deal at negotiations this December in Copenhagen, but would work towards a political framework that could eventually lead to a deal.

The world needs a legally binding global deal in Copenhagen if it wants to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. What we need now is political will and a demonstration of leadership, particularly from the United States and China. The key to reaching this lies in fostering cooperation in areas like clean energy and low-carbon technology between the two countries, with an ultimate goal of setting long-term emissions reduction targets that are more concrete.”

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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and China Sign Memorandum of Cooperation on Greenhouse Gas Inventories

There is finally a story on page A12 of the Washington Post on what is probably one of the most important agreements signed during the President’s recent visit to China — an agreement for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to work with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and specifically NDRC’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) on greenhouse gas inventories.

EPA Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with China to Build Capacity to Address Climate Change

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Release date: 11/19/2009

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have formalized a Memorandum of Cooperation to enhance capacity to address climate change. Signing the Memorandum were EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and NDRC Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua.

Greenhouse Gas Accounting in China: Measuring to Manage

When you talk about actually getting into the weeds about how you manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nothing is more important or more technical than measuring those emissions. This week our organization, the World Resources Institute (WRI), hosted two stakeholder workshops to discuss new standards that WRI along with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have been developing with a global committee.

President Obama's China Trip: Final Thoughts

President Obama departed China today after quite a productive two days. The major accomplishments on the climate front were the series of agreements signed yesterday. While expectations for Copenhagen have been somewhat lowered – towards a “political” deal rather than completing all the work needed for the full-scale treaty – both Obama and Hu indicated they were working to get to a good deal.

Obama’s China Trip: US-China Joint Statement, Clean Energy Projects, and Environmental Capacity-Building MOU

President Obama and his team look like they’ve had a productive day in Beijing, even if Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had to remind the media that the Obama team was not expecting “that the waters would part and everything would change over our almost two-and-a-half day trip to China.” The just-released U.S.-China Joint Statement is almost encyclopedic in its coverage of the challenges facing these two world leaders, with commitments to work together more closely on them.

US-China Joint Statement - November 17th

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

November 17, 2009
Beijing, China

At the invitation of President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China, President Barack Obama of the United States of America is paying a state visit to China from November 15–18, 2009. The Presidents held in-depth, productive and candid discussions on U.S.-China relations and other issues of mutual interest.