Start Date

11-6-2009 11:45 AM

End Date

11-6-2009 12:15 PM

Description

As the home to 1/3 of the world’s population and 1/4 of the global GDP, China and the United States might most likely become the origin of 60% of the global carbon emissions in next 30 years. For the most part, they are central to preserving the Earth for this and future generations. The United States is the biggest polluter with 5.8 billion tonnes, followed by China with 5.1 billion tonnes. Global maps, produced by risk specialists Maplecroft, show the United States and China to bear about 90% of this burden and be the countries most susceptible to economic losses. Thus, as the two largest economic powerhouse and carbon emitters in the world, China and the US are both confronted by both a huge challenge and a large risk in global climate change action. International climate change system cannot be successful founded without the proactive participation and leadership of them. The leadership and participation of China and the US is vital if developing countries are to participate in a new agreement.

Recommended Citation

Jiang, X. (2009, June). The challenges of global warming and China-US response. Paper presented at Conference on "Improving the Human Destiny", Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

 
Jun 11th, 11:45 AM Jun 11th, 12:15 PM

The challenges of global warming and China-US response

As the home to 1/3 of the world’s population and 1/4 of the global GDP, China and the United States might most likely become the origin of 60% of the global carbon emissions in next 30 years. For the most part, they are central to preserving the Earth for this and future generations. The United States is the biggest polluter with 5.8 billion tonnes, followed by China with 5.1 billion tonnes. Global maps, produced by risk specialists Maplecroft, show the United States and China to bear about 90% of this burden and be the countries most susceptible to economic losses. Thus, as the two largest economic powerhouse and carbon emitters in the world, China and the US are both confronted by both a huge challenge and a large risk in global climate change action. International climate change system cannot be successful founded without the proactive participation and leadership of them. The leadership and participation of China and the US is vital if developing countries are to participate in a new agreement.