China and the US check on each other a little closer
As I was writing here before, there is a real danger that the Climate negotiations will be dealt with among the big powerful nations and a „deal“ could be very advantageous for them and bad for the small, most vulnerable, parties.
Nevertheless, I agree in principal with the view that the big Veto-Players should talk openly with each other and check out how far they could go. The US and China are the two nations constantly pointing fingers towards each other with half of the rest of the world hiding behind either one of the two elephants. Now I was reading that „China was open to taking action to control greenhouse gases in exchange for US technology. But … China is looking for advanced systems that are part of America’s intellectual capital.“ This sounds good! Further, the US is not expecting China to have a natinal cap on emissions right now (maybe in the third commitment period, possibly from 2018-2022) according to sources. But China wants to produce 20% of its energy from renewables in 2020 which would be a target like the EU has adopted. 15% are secured and 18% highly possible. This sounds good, even though some say officials regularly claim aims like this and then little happens.
Maybe these are the (only) good news from the last week? Maybe these are no news at all?