Today's guest host was David Michael Lamb.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday , December 9th.
Prime Minister Harper's trip to the U.S. is getting little coverage on both sides of the border.
Currently, the trip might get attention if the P.M. catches a helicopter ride home.
This is The Current.
China & Climate Change - Dale Wen
Historically, China has referred to itself as the middle kingdom -- the centre of the world. It's central role as major polluter is certainly without rival. Coal burning plants provide about three-quarters of China's electricity. Heavy metals such as lead and zinc pollute as much as one tenth of China's farmland.
And as global leaders wrap up their meetings on climate change in Durban, South Africa, China won't agree to binding emission targets. Grey air, grey rivers, grey earth is how much of the world imagines China.
And ... yet there is another middle kingdom. One that puts green power at its centre. In Durban, China has hinted at a willingness to take a leadership role in addressing climate change. And in some respects, China is already a global leader. It accounts for half the world's production of solar energy. And no other country produces as much energy from wind.
Dale Wen has been tracking China's progress at the climate change meetings in Durban. She is the China Scholar with the International Forum on Globalization, a research institute focused on the social, political and environmental impact of economic globalization. This morning she was in Durban, South Africa.
China & Climate Change - Wenran Jiang / Mark Jaccard
The idea of China taking the lead at Durban may seem a little odd. But some observers say that by turning their backs on Kyoto, the developed countries are leaving the field wide open.
Wenran Jiang is a professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta and the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Asia with the Alberta Department of the Environment. He was in Edmonton. And Mark Jaccard is a professor of sustainable energy and climate change at Simon Fraser University and a longtime member the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. He was in Vancouver.
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