China intends to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2060

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:China’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2060 includes all greenhouses gases, not just carbon dioxide, according to one of the country’s top climate researchers.He Jiankun, who chairs the academic committee at the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University, made the clarification at a conference on Monday outlining China’s road map to reaching its goal.When President Xi Jinping told the United Nations about China’s new target last month, he didn’t specify if China would target just carbon dioxide — the most prevalent greenhouse gas — or others that also contribute to global warming such as methane, ozone and nitrous oxide. He also didn’t detail how China planned to achieve the target, though the government is expected to lay out some of those measures in its upcoming five-year plan for 2021 to 2025.In line with the target, China should announce more ambitious contributions to the Paris climate accord including reducing its carbon intensity by more than 65% from 2005 levels and aiming for a higher share of non-fossil fuel energy sources by 2030, He said.However, researchers at the conference laid out scenarios that showed even that plan wouldn’t put China on the path to keeping global warming within 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, so China would have to scale up targets even more after 2030.More: China Aims to Cut All Greenhouses Gases by 2060, Researcher Says China intends to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2060last_img read more

Friends, foes see opening in helping virus-hit US

first_imgThe United States has long hailed its aid overseas as a sign of good intentions, but friends and foes alike are seeing opportunities of their own by helping the global power ravaged by the coronavirus.Turkey, looking to end a rough spell with its NATO ally, and Egypt, whose autocratic leader counts on support from President Donald Trump, both sent military jets full of supplies in the past two weeks, while Taiwan, reliant on Washington for its defense and praised for its effective coronavirus response, has sent millions of masks.More controversially, China and Russia — considered top global rivals by Washington — have both sent medical goods to the United States, whose COVID-19 death toll is by far the highest in the world at more than 66,000. Read also: Chinese billionaire Jack Ma offers US virus test kits, masksWelcoming aid, mostlyRecent history is full of disaster-hit nations whose prideful governments have refused help, but the United States has said it welcomes international cooperation against the virus.”We appreciate the generosity and support from around the world,” a State Department spokesperson said.Other assistance has included testing kits from the United Arab Emirates and dispatches of medical teams from US allies, notably Poland.The US government has not directly taken aid from China, with Trump eager to blame Beijing over the pandemic amid criticism around his own performance.But China has channeled assistance to US states or through private donations.Jack Ma, China’s richest person, in March announced a donation of 500,000 test kits, while New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thanked Ma and other Chinese businesspeople — as well as Beijing’s consulate — for sending 1,000 ventilators.More recently, Chinese provinces donated supplies to the states of Maryland and Utah, with photo-ops showing local US officials holding signs that salute friendship.Russia gave prominent coverage when it sent a military plane of masks, ventilators and other supplies to New York.Trump, who has sought closer ties with President Vladimir Putin, called the gesture “very nice,” although the State Department insisted the goods were purchased, not donated.Virus infections have since jumped inside Russia, and some social media users in both Egypt and Turkey have questioned whether their governments were really in a position to help others.Turkey has sent aid to some 55 countries. Its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been hoping to defuse tensions with the United States, especially with Congress over Turkey’s purchase of an air defense system from Russia.The aid shipment marks part of an effort to reach out broadly to the United States after Erdogan “put all its eggs in Trump’s basket,” said Gonul Tol, director of the Turkey program at the Middle East Institute.”I’m sure there is an understanding in Ankara that this could be Trump’s final year,” Tol said, while adding: “Turkey’s problems with the US are too deep to be resolved by this PR campaign.”Read also: US allows emergency use of the drug remdesivir for COVID-19 treatmentLasting damage to US?The last time the United States received such wide assistance was after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005.The then administration of George W. Bush also decided largely to accept all aid regardless of politics, although it refused an offer of doctors from Cuba.Cull, the scholar of public diplomacy, said it was striking how little of Washington’s own COVID-19 assistance gets noticed by Americans, who are more likely to oppose exporting aid at a time of need.The State Department says the US government has committed $775 million in overseas pandemic assistance.But Trump has also vowed to freeze funding for the World Health Organization, which is at the frontlines of the crisis and receives more than $400 million in US money each year, for alleged bias toward China.Cull expected that Trump’s “America First” approach, coupled with scenes of COVID-19 devastation within the country, would bring lasting damage to the US reputation.”It’s like a country with a terrible navy having to fight a naval war. Everybody knows that, for all the wonderful things in the United States, health care is a problem.”Many people may still admire US products or universities, but “they are certainly not going to admire the American government in the way they have historically.”Topics : Nicholas Cull, a professor at the University of Southern California who studies international reputation, said that gifts were often more about donors’ domestic audiences as leaders try to show that they are “winning the respect and admiration of the world”.Cull said the most successful gifts come when a nation has no obvious political motivation and appears to be acting out of emotional attachment to another country.He pointed to the rousing reception in Italy for doctors sent by Albania, one of the poorest nations in Europe.By contrast, China’s aid has been met by suspicion that Beijing is trying to assert itself or obscure the origins of the respiratory sickness, which was first discovered in the metropolis of Wuhan.last_img read more

NCAA Basketball 2016-17

first_imgHere is what Sports Illustrated thinks will be the top 5 teams in the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball field next year. For the men they pick Duke as their top choice.  The Blue Devils are followed by Villanova, Kentucky, Oregon, and Kansas.Believe it or not, on the women’s side UConn was not picked as Number 1.  That honor goes to Notre Dame.  The Irish are followed by Baylor, UConn, Stanford, and Ohio State.Two of the top individual players are from the Cincinnati area.  For Duke it is sophomore guard Luke Kinnard of Franklin High School and for the women it is Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell who played at Princeton High School.last_img read more

IDEAS launches pop-up DREAM center

first_imgIn a time of political uncertainty for undocumented individuals, students from the Improving Dreams, Education and Academic Success organization have launched a Pop-Up DREAM Center for undocumented students. The center was additionally supported by the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.The Improving Dreams, Education and Academic Success organization at USC has launched a pop-up DREAM center that will be hosted in Kaprielian Hall every Tuesday and Thursday this month. Photo from Dornsife Website.The center is open every Tuesday and Thursday in April from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and seeks to connect undocumented students, staff, faculty and allies to resources across campus. Throughout the remainder of the month, events have been coordinated in the center, including a workshop with the Career Center and a Drop-In Immigration Clinic. Associate Dean of Religious Life Vanessa Gomez Brake has worked closely with IDEAS to coordinate events for students affected by DACA. Since the beginning of the academic year, she has helped students launch the Pop-Up Dream Center. “In some ways this is a soft launch … but the hope is that for these next three weeks we will be offering different workshops and resources there at the Dream Center,” Gomez Brake said. “But in the fall, we are going to move up to more than just two days a week and have a ton of University staff that will be holding office hours at the Dream Center.“ The Pop-Up Dream Center is also a centralized location which will reduce the needs of undocumented students to look far across campus for resources. According to Gomez Brake, the physical location will also serve as a safe space to facilitate conversation with mentors and peers about life on campus as an undocumented student. Valeria Resendiz, a sophomore majoring in NGOs and Social Change, emphasized that the center aims to create a supportive community for students to succeed in a time where the future of DACA is unknown. “This is a time with so much uncertainty, it can really just be overwhelming and sometimes frustrating to know where the future is taking us,” Resendiz said. “In such a situation that we don’t have much control over which other people are deciding for us.” Currently, the center is a space for undocumented students to converge, but in the future, Resendiz hopes to see a more permanent space accessible to all students.last_img read more