This blog distills a research paper advancing a new Nature-Based Solutions (NbS) Governance Framework, to support subnational policymakers in integrating nature-based strategies into climate policy planning processes. NbS approaches such as regenerative agriculture, forest restoration, and green infrastructure, confer concurrent benefits within and beyond the landscapes they improve.
California is often cited a leader in subnational climate leadership and action. However, an in-depth analysis of California's climate policy on a sector-by-sector basis exposes a number of policy gaps that still need to be filled and there is much California could learn from other jurisdictions, including the European Union.
Carbon markets are at a crossroads. As of 2021, 30 emissions trading systems were in force globally, covering 16–17% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Last year, climate negotiators in Glasgow finalized the Paris Agreement rulebook for international cooperation through carbon markets, clearing the way for the expansion of emissions trading and carbon pricing worldwide
A quarter of carbon emissions from transportation come from heavy-duty trucks. They are also disproportionate sources of air pollution. Addressing these emissions will be challenging and will require a multi-prong strategy.
2021 witnessed significant growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales in China. The share of new energy vehicles in new passenger vehicle sales more than doubled from 8.4% at the beginning of the year to 20.6% by year’s end. This EV sales surge was driven by both policy incentives and growing consumer demand.
In 2017, in the wake of former President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, states, cities, businesses, and other non-state leaders – often referred to as “subnationals” – stepped in to fill the void. Now with the U.S. federal government re-engaged with the world on climate, new research from the California-China Climate Institute examines how U.S. subnationals are continuing to advance climate leadership and action at the state level.
In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping laid out China’s overarching climate policy goals: to peak emissions before 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. China’s recently-updated Nationally-Determined Contribution, submitted to the UN in November 2021, reiterates these objectives.
At the recently-convened COP26 climate talks, China's Special Envoy for Climate, Xie Zhenhua, highlighted the country’s recent progress in working towards its climate goals with not just rhetoric but action.
Since August, more than 20 Chinese provinces experienced industrial or residential power crunches, including China’s major manufacturing hubs: Guangdong, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu. Traffic lights went dark, air conditioners stopped, and assembly lines paused.
Last month, President Xi Jinping addressed the United Nations General Assembly via video message and sent shockwaves around the world, announcing that his country will stop building coal-fired power plants overseas
How can forests, wetlands, and farms provide solutions to meet our climate goals? How do we create and implement policies to support the ecosystems that we depend on to sequester carbon, protect coastal cities from floods and heat waves, and provide us with clean air and water? Answering these questions is at the center of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the California-China Climate Institute’s (CCCI) ongoing work to advance nature-based climate solutions (NbS) in California and China.
Recent carbon and climate neutrality commitments from a growing number of countries and regions —China, the EU, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the U.S. — represent a sea change in global momentum for tackling climate change.
The California-China Climate Institute has released a new report outlining avenues for gaining traction and international collaboration on short-lived climate pollutants. The report offers opportunities for reducing short-lived climate pollutants for China and highlight the importance of multi-policy and multi-gas strategies by drawing out examples of these approaches from California, Canada, and the European Union.
China’s long-awaited national emissions trading system (ETS) launched last week, following prolonged anticipation. The effort was first announced in 2011, during the 12th Five-Year Planning process, as part of a broader strategy for enhancing green development.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made it clear that global net carbon dioxide emissions need to be reduced to zero by mid-century to potentially limit global temperature rise to 1.5°Celsius (C), and stave off the worst impacts of climate change.
Californian and Chinese urban areas have long faced significant local air pollution issues, posing challenges to public health. Large cities in both regions face local air quality concerns and thermal inversions which further compound the problem (for example, in Los Angeles and Beijing).
After months of growing geopolitical tensions, the US and China have finally found something to agree on: the need to confront the climate crisis. In fact, two days of meetings last week in Shanghai between US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and his counterpart, Special Climate Envoy Xie Zhenhua have culminated in the release of a joint statement.
Every five years China releases its blueprint for social and economic development and gives the world a preview of what’s to come. This year, on the heels of President Xi Jinping’s commitment to make China carbon neutral by 2060 and with the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP 26) quickly approaching, expectations were particularly high.
On September 22, at the United Nations General Assembly, China’s President Xi Jinping announced that China would achieve “carbon neutrality before 2060” and
Carbon pollution exacts a tremendous cost on our economy, environment and health. One key action we can take to reduce these damaging emissions is to put a price on carbon.