China’s emissions won’t peak above EU levels, says official

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China: Zou Ji, deputy director of China’s National Centre for Climate Change Strategy, has said the country can peak its per capita emissions at a level well below that of the EU and the US, but it must not rush its transition to a low carbon economy. (China Dialogue)

Shanghai exemplifies China’s rapid development but the government is confident it can continue to grow without topping the emission levels as the EU and the USA. (Source: Flickr/Arend Vermazeren)

USA: Gina McCarthy, the favourite to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency following the departure of Lisa Jackson, has said State-level climate action will be key to the country’s progress. She refused to speculate on her possible appointment. (Reuters)

Science: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has said that January 2013 was the ninth warmest since 1880 and the 335th consecutive month temperatures above the 20th century average. (NOAA)

Poland: The host of the next UN climate change talks has said it will accelerate its shale gas developments but that this will help not hinder EU climate and energy policies. (RTCC)

USA: Al Gore has upset conservative fans of the US game show Jeopardy by plugging his latest book, The Future, and highlighting the climate crisis during a recent episode. (The Hill)

Russia: A global temperature rise of 1.5C would be enough to start the melting of permafrost in Siberia, scientists warned on Thursday. (Guardian)

Saudi Arabia: Government publishes white paper detailing plans to install 54GW of clean energy capacity by 2032 (BusinessGreen)

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