The Guardian has today picked up the story of China’s global leadership in the fight against climate change.
With four weeks to go until the next round of long-running international talks in Durban, the move highlights China’s attempt to take on a new leadership role by bridging the gulf between rich and poor countries.
But Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of the Chinese government’s National Development and Reform Commission, also told the Guardian that the best chance of progress was for developed countries to draw up a “Kyoto 2”, a second phase of the Kyoto protocol, the first agreement between nations to mandate country-by-country reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Its first commitment phase is due to expire next year.
China clearly recognises that in the absence of any serious strategy from the West on averting environmental catastrophe (they’re too busy engineering economic catastrophe), it falls to the majority of the world’s population to get on with the major task of driving down emissions.