The United States and China are the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters. The two countries also lead the world in developing and deploying the latest green technologies like renewables, electric vehicles, and carbon capture systems. Can the United States and China collaborate on fighting climate change? How are geopolitics shaping efforts to save the environment? Watch our Energy & Environment content below to learn more.
In this special edition Earth Day podcast, we pulled the best content from our 2023 Earth Month interview series to answer the most urgent questions on the U.S.-China climate relationship with insights from American and Chinese experts.
Mitigating climate change is a high-level priority for the Chinese government. Why is China investing so much in green development? How can competition with China incentivize climate action in the United States?
Climate change disproportionately affects nations in the global south. Learn about the environmental relationship between the United States and China, the necessity of cooperation, and what it means for the global climate fight.
China’s Climate Policy
As the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases by a wide margin, there is no solution to climate change without China. Experts discuss China’s role in facing this global challenge.
Environmental degradation has been a persistent problem in China. Experts give their thoughts on China’s ability to address its serious environmental and public health challenges and what this means for global climate change.
Competition or Cooperation?
Avoiding the worst consequences of climate change may require collective action by Washington and Beijing. Experts discuss the potential benefits of U.S.-China climate cooperation and offer practical proposals for policy action.
Climate policy expert Deborah Seligsohn details how increased competition between the United States and China can be leveraged as a positive force to deliver the best environmental outcomes.
Technology & Finance
In recent years, the United States and China have seen massive investments in their electric vehicle industries. Experts give insights into who is winning the race to capture this growing global market.
The United States and China have an opportunity to accelerate financing for low-carbon technologies, particularly in developing countries. Kelly Sims Gallagher discusses the importance of U.S.-China cooperation for global climate finance.
U.S.-China discussions on climate change have been halted for months. The suspension of talks represents a shift in the effort to shield the climate agenda from geopolitics and has implications for the ability of each country, and the world, to meet essential reduction targets.
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