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(People's Daily Online)  “Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement is a major step back for the environment.” “The departure from the Paris agreement is not good for the U.S. and the whole world.” The US PresidentDonald Trump’s recent announcement of pulling out from the climate deal has drawn collective criticism from the western countries.
After the news came out, China's attitude towards the agreement was most concerned by the international media. To put it in one sentence, it should be that “China is committed to tackling the issue, both via the Paris Agreement and by setting national targets.” This is a statement jointly released by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German chancellor Angela Merkel in a press conference.

As early as in 2009, during the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, China pledged that on the basis of 2005, the country was to reduce its carbon emissions per million GDP by 40% to 45% by 2020. Nowadays, more and more Chinese people begin to realize that no matter how other countries change, it is the constant development direction for China to take the road of emission reduction to green development.

The reason for this is simple: We, as those who have experienced the pain of various pollution, have long understood that the protection of the environment is to protect ourselves. "We have no plan, because we don't have planet B."

Will China fill the leadership void created by Trump's decisions to leave the Paris climate agreement? And is China ready to lead?

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Post time 2017-6-5 13:27:42 |Display all floors
China is the world's number one polluter it is an intresting question

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dusty1 Post time: 2017-6-5 13:27
China is the world's number one polluter it is an intresting question

But you ignore the fact that China is the largest investor in green energy. As a developing country, China is committed to a low carbon future and has set many ambitious goals. As an article from the Economist says, "China is not responsible for the build-up of greenhouse gases. The West is. There are environmental problems, true, but China is simply following a pattern set by Britain, America and Japan: “grow first, clean up later”. China grew unusually fast but it is now cleaning up unusually fast, too. Its efforts to rein in pollution are undervalued; its investments in wind and solar power put others to shame; its carbon emissions will peak sooner than people expect. China will one day do for zero-carbon energy what it has already done for consumer electronics—put it within reach of everyone. It will not be a threat to the planet but the model for how to clean it up."

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linda_sun Post time: 2017-6-5 13:53
But you ignore the fact that China is the largest investor in green energy. As a developing countr ...

You ignore reality China is the biggest polluter looked at the air quality in most Chinese cities food and water security is doubtful at best

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Post time 2017-6-5 22:25:17 |Display all floors
China is a big country, and it should show in absolute value that China puts into saving the planet. But besides the absolute value, how does China compare if measure by per capita? I have no answer to that, but suspect the picture is not so rosy then.

Secondly, while China has both reasons and capabilities to address the issue (again, at least by absolute value), does that automatically equal "leading"?

Modern China is a young country, and China's investments into greener planet are even younger. Perhaps countries more experienced in these affairs should be the ones showing the way, even if China, India or other populous countries would do most of the concrete work.

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Post time 2017-6-5 22:38:12 |Display all floors
dusty1 Post time: 2017-6-5 16:51
You ignore reality China is the biggest polluter looked at the air quality in most Chinese cities  ...

it is good that china is considering the pollution question and that is a positive,   dusty  you only look at the negatives sometimes and that is not a step forward   "think about it"

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Post time 2017-6-6 02:23:57 |Display all floors
How could that be possible when China has the worst pollution and the government seems to be unable to get a grip on it?

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