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what are china and U.S.A. doing ?

China

We must understand that when we purchase goods from China we, and many other countries, are reducing our carbon footprint at their expense, it's called offshoring. Individuals in China have a carbon footprint of under a third of ours.

Click on the link below to find information on some of China's climate change  moves.

China will be badly affected by climate change and will need to fully implement their plans.

China is the largest solar energy producer in the world

Over the past few years, the Chinese capacity of solar panels has increased exponentially. It has grown to be the largest solar market in the world and it is estimated that by 2024, China will have 370GW of solar power installed, double that of what the U.S. is expected to have.

While this growth is impressive and admirable, China will have to continue to ease off their coal power generation dependence to be seen as a true leader in renewable energy. 

China has put 300GW of coal projects on hold – a colossal number, equivalent to 70 Drax power stations.

 

The Chinese government in 2017 put $300 million US (£228 million) into Israeli companies producing lab-grown meat, which could also cut emissions.

The entire 16,000+ bus fleet of Shenzhen in China has gone electric.

Between 2019 and 2024, China will account for 40% of global renewable capacity expansion, driven by improved system integration, lower curtailment rates and enhanced competitiveness of both solar PV and onshore wind. During the same period, China is forecast to account for almost half of global distributed PV growth, overtaking the EU to become the world leader in installed capacity by 2021. China is also set to lead global growth in biofuel production, given the rollout of ethanol blending in a growing number of provinces and increasing investments in production capacity. It is not all good news as they are still commissioning some new coal fired power stations, but lots of moves are in the right direction.  Check out China by clicking the link and selecting China.

Panda shaped Imoge at a Massive Solar Power Station in Southern China.

USA

 Joe Biden will make a massive difference to the USA approach to global warming and we can all breath a sigh of relief. The USA government is still relying on technology to save us from global warming, but the USA will suffer badly from the results of climate change and individuals are acting now. In total, 22 states, 550 cities, and 900 companies with operations in the US have made climate commitments, and all 50 states have some type of policy that could bring about  an emissions reduction. Click on the link for more.

This link can also be used to find details on all nations. 

 

In possibly the highest-profile move yet – New York's mayor said in January 2018 that the city would divest its US$190bn pension fund from fossil fuels, and that the city was suing 5 major oil corporations for negligence over climate change.

Divestment will keep growing, as will the pressure from the financial community to act on climate change. They know the risks to their business are too great not to demand ever-increasing action.

AXA announced it would no longer insure coal projects. In total investors with assets worth over US$6 trillion have made divestment commitments.

Perhaps even more telling is that major meat and dairy companies are now piling in with investments and acquisitions, such as the US’s biggest meat processor, Tyson, and multinational giants Danone and Nestlé.

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Ford has just announced an $11bn investment to bring 40 electric and plug-in hybrid models to market by 2020.

Supplied by electricity from non fossil fuels with any luck.

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The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis – a fall of 140 Mt, or 2.9%, to 4.8 Gt. US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period. Check out the USA and other Nations using the link below.

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