If your house was ever damaged in a storm or flood, or you had to pay more for food because drought struck your region, you have insight into the harsh consequences of climate change. A warmer world could jeopardize the homes and livelihoods of millions and bring crises to ecosystems, agriculture, clean water and other systems that humans need.
The United States and China have already made historic commitments to combat global climate change by reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions.
The United States will cut its emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025, bringing them below 2005 levels. China’s emissions will peak by 2030 and then begin to decline. By 2030, China’s clean-energy sources, such as solar and wind, will account for 20 percent of its energy production.
In a wide-ranging document more than 180 pages long, the pope stated that biblical references to the human dominion over all things on Earth “should be understood more properly in the sense of responsible stewardship.”
The United States and China established the dialogue in 2009. Expanding on existing annual talks that had focused on economic issues only, the dialogue aims to create a cooperative relationship between two nations that have so much influence on global economic and environmental issues, including efforts to combat climate change.
Air pollution is behind growing concerns about asthma attacks keeping more children out of school. Respiratory diseases such as asthma are a leading cause of death among children in India.
From wood to coal to oil, carbon-based fuels have been key to human survival, but now the world’s largest industrial powers are saying, “We’re done.”