With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

Environment Dec 14, 2015

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

The world is about to go on a carbon diet. It won't be easy — or cheap. Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming, patting themselves on the back ...

World Dec 14, 2015

U.S., Japan, Germany among 18 nations to build carbon markets

Eighteen nations including the U.S., Japan and Germany will work together to develop international carbon markets to help speed the pace of emission reductions under the Paris climate deal struck Saturday, according to the New Zealand government. The nations will develop standards and guidelines to ...

Asia Pacific Dec 14, 2015

China's own pollution problems behind push for global climate deal

China's push for a global climate pact was due in part to its own increasingly pressing need to solve serious environmental problems, observers say. China, the world's biggest source of climate-changing gases, was blamed for obstructing the last high-level climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009. ...

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

Asia Pacific Dec 14, 2015

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

For China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the global climate accord reached in Paris marked a huge step toward greener growth that safeguards its sovereignty while falling short on funding for cleaner energy. Xie Zhenhua, Beijing's senior climate change envoy, said he welcomed what ...

France issues climate draft to guide shift from fossil fuels

World Dec 12, 2015

France issues climate draft to guide shift from fossil fuels

Hosts France issued a 31-page draft text of a deal to combat climate change on Saturday, hoping to secure adoption within hours from 195 nations and mark a turning point for the global economy away from fossil fuels. Officials have been meeting the French capital ...

Satellite monitoring of greenhouse gases is new space race

World / Science & Health Dec 11, 2015

Satellite monitoring of greenhouse gases is new space race

Scientists from the United States, Japan and China are racing to perfect satellite technology that could one day measure greenhouse gas emissions from space, potentially transforming the winner into the world's first climate cop. Monitoring a single country's net emissions from above could not only ...