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The cost of living up to the U.S.-China climate deal

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-11-12 06:00

The United States and China made a surprise announcement Wednesday: After months of secret talks, the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases had come to a joint agreement on climate change.

In its first commitment of this sort, China set a target of 2030 to halt emission increases and to produce 20% of its energy using non-fossil-fuel sources. 

The United States set a more nuanced target: a reduction of emissions by 2025 to 26-28% below 2005 levels. 

"I would characterize it as a call to accelerate what we’re already doing," says Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. "I use the word accelerate, because in order to get there 10 years from now we have to start going a little faster."

The Obama administration claims this target is reachable under existing laws—an important consideration given that the Republican-controlled congress is highly unlikely to pass any related legislation.

To meet these goals will require building on initiatives the administration has put forward that do not require congressional approval, such as tougher fuel standards and the proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from power plants (Automobiles and electricity are the two largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States).  

Under the Clean Power Plan proposal, different states could determine how to cut carbon pollution in a variety of ways. 

"But the quickest, fastest, most cost effective option available is switching from carbon intensive coal generators to low carbon natural gas," says John Larsen, senior analyst with the Rhodium Group.

According to the Rhodium Group’s analysis, that switch could cut coal revenue by $15 to $20 billion—and boost revenues for natural gas producers by as much as $30 billion.

Nazi salute during WW1 parade

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:52
A man has been arrested and cautioned for giving a Nazi salute at a remembrance parade in Wrexham.

Colombia rebels 'sorry' over murder

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:47
Colombia's largest left-wing rebel group, the Farc, says it is sorry for killing two members of the Nasa indigenous group last week.

Man guilty of murdering two-year-old

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:45
A man is jailed for a minimum of 22 years after being found guilty of the murder of two-year-old Madison Horn in her own home.

More botched sterilisations in India

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:44
An Indian woman dies and 15 others are in hospital following sterilisation surgery - a day after 13 women in the same area died after similar operations.

Azerbaijan downs Armenian helicopter

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:35
Azerbaijan's defence ministry says its forces have shot down an Armenian military helicopter violating its airspace.

Skeleton found in Alexander-era tomb

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:19
Archaeologists in northern Greece find a skeleton inside a tomb from the time of Alexander the Great, and believe it belonged to a general.

In Alaska's Senate Race, Republican Sullivan Upsets Incumbent

NPR News - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:13

The late call in Alaska's vote is due to a close margin on Election Day and the time required to collect all the ballots from the state's far-flung polling places.

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Will Obama's climate surprise deliver a global deal?

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:13
The BBC's Matt McGrath assesses the prospects for the deal between China and the US.

Gay men 'should get anti-cancer jab'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:05
A vaccine to prevent genital warts and cancer should be given to men who have sex with men, according to the government's advisory body on vaccines.

VIDEO: First Tower of London poppies removed

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 05:03
Volunteers have started removing the ceramic poppies that make up the Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.

Lego sequel 'to have more female roles'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:58
The film industry is waking up to the fact that it needs to better represent its female audience, say one of Hollywood's most successful writing teams.

'Suicide bomb' at Nigeria college

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:57
A female suicide bomber has blown herself up at a college in north-central Nigeria, witnesses tell the BBC.

Sexton on Player of Year shortlist

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:55
Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton joins Julian Savea, Brodie Retallick, Willie Le Roux and Duane Vermeulen on IRB shortlist.

Evans 'nowhere near' Blades deal

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:53
Manager Nigel Clough says that Sheffield United are not close to giving convicted rapist Ched Evans a contract.

Child crash victim was 'fun-loving'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:51
An eight-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by a car in County Antrim is described as a "fun-loving" child by his school principal.

Russian troops enter Ukraine - Nato

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:47
Nato's top military commander says Nato saw columns of Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops entering Ukraine this week.

Club wrong to let Evans train - MP

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:44
Sheffield United should reconsider their decision to allow ex-player Ched Evans to train with the club after his rape conviction, the local MP says.

VIDEO: Five banks fined £2bn by regulators

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:42
Five banks fined £2bn by regulators over Forex failings

'Roger gets good support everywhere'

BBC - Wed, 2014-11-12 04:38
British number one Andy Murray on facing Roger Federer, London's World Tour Finals future and meeting One Direction.