http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/wo...apec.html?_r=0As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020.
China’s pledge to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, if not sooner, is even more remarkable. To reach that goal, Mr. Xi pledged that so-called clean energy sources, like solar power and windmills, would account for 20 percent of China’s total energy production by 2030.
While it is far from what we need, it is a sign of progress and an admission of responsibility by the two largest superpowers. Hopefully, this can be used to put pressure on other large-pollutant nations.