Podcast #9: Joint U.S. – China Announcement on Climate Change
Don Bain and Michael Gillenwater have a conversation about the joint U.S. – China announcement on climate change. Michael gives historical perspective to help understand the agreement. Don goes into the scale of the Chinese commitment, and gives context by imagining how many wind (160,000+ turbines) and solar systems (42+ million rooftop) will be required. Think of the industrial stimulus!
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Quick access links to subjects covered in this episode:
- U.S. – China Joint Announcement on Climate Change
- The 1992 Earth Summit unveiling the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
- The Berlin Mandate from COP 1.
- 2009 Copenhagen Meeting
- The successful Montreal Protocol for reducing ozone-depleting chemicals and used as a model for other agreements.
- Professor Mark Jacobson’s plan for powering California with Wind, Water and Solar, used by Don to explore the scale of the Chinese commitment.