Obama Carbon Rule May Help Forge International Climate Deal in 2015

"The Obama administration's proposed power plant regulations out today are a 'welcome development' for the global climate change negotiations, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres will say in a statement today.

Figueres' comments sent to administration officials over the weekend and obtained by ClimateWire say the new rules 'will send a good signal to nations everywhere that one of the world's biggest emitters is taking the future of the planet and its people seriously.'

'I fully expect action by the United States to spur others into taking concrete action -- action that can set the stage and put in place the pathways that can bend the global emissions curve down in order to keep worldwide temperatures under 2 degrees Celsius this century,' Figueres said."

Lisa Friedman reports for ClimateWire June 2, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"Obama Plan Might Help Boost Climate Talks" (AP)

"Japan Calls U.S. Emissions Cut Plan a Bold Step Forward" (Bloomberg)

"China Pledges To Limit Carbon Emissions for First Time" (Guardian)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014