Three of the leading contributors to pollution, the United States, Brazil, and China, announced this week that they were making meaningful progress toward an agreement to be reached in Paris later this year.
Together, China and the United States make up a substantial portion of the world’s population. Brazil’s booming economy means that it, too, will be in the ranks of leading polluters one day in the visible future.
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China has the most ambitious plan of the three, aiming to reduce carbon density levels (the level of carbon emitted per capita) by up [...]
Governments are major contributors to climate change, both positive and negative. In several countries, the government is all but exempt from climate control regulations.
Recently, in the Netherlands, a group of some 900 people have brought suit against the Dutch government in an attempt to force the state to reduce its emissions at a quicker rate than is currently outlined under its own policies. The current policies were scheduled to have reduced government emissions 17% from 1990 levels by 2020, which the activists behind the lawsuit believed was not doing enough to effect actual change.
The suit is a first in several ways, though certainly not the first time a [...]