Date
12 December 2017
Representatives of indigenous people gather on a beach in Lima, Peru, which is hosting a United Nations conference on climate change.  Photo: AFP
Representatives of indigenous people gather on a beach in Lima, Peru, which is hosting a United Nations conference on climate change. Photo: AFP

China blocks US carbon review proposal

China doesn’t want other countries and groups to review its efforts to curb carbon emissions.

Attending a climate conference in Lima, Peru, over the weekend, Chinese negotiators sought to delete provisions in a draft text that would pave the way for other countries and non-governmental organizations to submit questions about its carbon reduction plans, Bloomberg News reported, citing reports from environmental groups that were official observers in the talks.

China’s pledges to cut emissions will form part of a global deal on climate change that is expected to be sealed next year and start from 2020.

Todd Stern, US envoy to the talks, told reporters in Washington that all national pledges should be subject to scrutiny by other countries, saying “the sunshine is intended to prod countries to be as ambitious as possible” in limiting carbon emissions. The United States and China last month jointly unveiled plans to fight global warming as part of the global deal.

“The spirit of constructive cooperation of the US-China agreement seems to have come to a full stop,” Liz Gallagher, senior adviser to the policy analyst E3G, said in Lima. 

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