tirsdag 22. september 2020

China calls for global 'green revolution' as Trump goes solo on climate

Chinese President Xi Xinping announced plans to boost his country's Paris climate accord target on Tuesday (Sep 22) and called for a green revolution, just minutes after US President Donald Trump blasted China for "rampant pollution."

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Xi said China would achieve a peak in carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060, the first time the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide has pledged to end its net contribution to climate change. "China will scale up its intended Nationally Determined Contributions (to the Paris agreement) by adopting more vigorous policies and measures," Xi said, urging all countries to pursue a "green recovery of the world economy in the post-COVID era."

Xi used the lectern to call for multilateral action on climate change, drawing a stark contrast with Trump, who blasted China on its environmental record and for causing the coronavirus pandemic, and referred to withdrawing the United States from the "one-sided Paris Climate Accord."