I have missed lots of important events not least Copenhagen and the China factor. Here are some early quotes from Benny Peiser.
China must reorient its economic development to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to a legislative resolution passed Thursday that, however, made no mention of any reduction targets. China maintains that rich countries ought to shoulder the main responsibility for mitigating global warming as they have historically emitted most of the greenhouse gases at the root of the problem. The resolution is the latest in a series of recent public statements laying out China's position against mandatory emissions cuts as the world prepares for key climate change negotiations in Copenhagen in December.
--AFP, 27 August 2009
China's proposed climate change legislation will give the country more negotiating power in the upcoming international climate change treaty talks, and also make emissions control mandated by law, environmental experts say.
--Li Jing, China Daily, 27 August 2009
Chinese observers at least figure the non-binding political statement will give China more leverage at the big climate summit in Copenhagen in December. And Chinese legislators hope the new statement will derail U.S. talk of slapping Chinese exports with "carbon tariffs."
--Keith Johnson, WSJ Environmental Capital, 27 August 2009