In the news: China, China, China
Though environmental news has slowed considerably since the summit in Copenhagen – a probable combination of post COP15 depression and the holiday season – a slew of opinion pieces and articles on Copenhagen fallout have appeared in those news sources which deign to continue to cover environmental issues. A large number of these pieces focus on China’s role in the summit, with several more covering other environmental issues around China. As the apparent future leader in renewable energy as well as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China is the place we should all get used to reading, hearing and seeing more about for the foreseeable future, in terms of all things relating to the environment.
Here are a few headlines and quotes from various news sources concerning China and the Copenhagen summit.
In the New York Times:
‘It was obvious that the United States and China didn’t want more than we achieved at Copenhagen.’
–Andreas Carlgren, environment minister, Sweden. From the article “E.U. Blames Others for ‘Great Failure’ on Climate”
In the Guardian:
[Former deputy Prime Minister] John Prescott has defended China’s role in the climate change summit, saying the blame for its flawed outcome must lie with the United States and Barack Obama.
–from the article “John Prescott defends China’s role at Copenhagen climate summit”
See also the op-ed “Blame Denmark, not China, for Copenhagen failure: The decision to override the multilateral process and hold a secret meeting of select nations ruined any chance of success” by Martin Khor, which is partly a response to British Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Miliband’s statement about China trying to ‘hijack’ the summit and Mark Lynas’ piece, straightforwardly entitled “How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room”.
For another perspective check out this article from the Chinese Xinhua News Agency: “Blaming China of foiling agreement on climate incorrect” by Imdad Hussain.
‘I think China played a very constructive role and I find it unfortunate that the British media and some leaders have been accusing China of scuttling an agreement. That is unfair and factually incorrect and I think China has continued to stand by the developing countries.’
– Shafqat Kakakhel, the Chief Advisor on Environment at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Pakistan (from Xinhua News Agency)
by Graham Land