Is exclusion of major polluters US and China from UN Climate Ambition Summit a wake-up call?



Shaming sometimes works, said Professor Mark Howden, director of the Australian National University’s Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions. 

“On the international sphere, when that occurs, there can be economic ramifications,” he told CNA938. “So people tend not to trade as easily with countries which are actually under a bit of a cloud.”

The UN’s move sets “clear benchmarks on what countries have to show and to prove in order to be given the spotlight” at the summit, said Mr David Ryfisch, head of division for international climate policy at Germanwatch, an independent organisation that lobbies for sustainable global development. 

Even though China is accelerating renewable energy generation, they are building more new coal plants that could affect its target to peak emissions before 2030, the climate policy expert told CNA’s Asia First. 

“The US, for the longest time historically, has been the biggest emitter and they have an obligation to support developing countries financially in the fight against climate change. And for a decade now, they have fallen short.” 


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