US and China emissions pledges won't stop 2 °C warming

2019-04-02 13:07:10

SOMETIMES politicians do deliver on their promises – and so it was with US and Chinese presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao last week, when they both put numbers to their pledges to cut their nations’ carbon footprints. Unfortunately, the latest modelling exercises suggest these cuts will not be enough to head off dangerous climate change. Europe may have to take up the slack. Just two weeks ago, there were widespread fears that the Copenhagen climate conference, which kicks off next week, would fail. The Danish prime minister, who is hosting the talks,