China is the world leader in climate change, with its economy and society increasingly dependent on carbon-intensive energy sources.
Climate scientists have identified China as the world centre of climate change activity, and climate change expert and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan says it’s now “absolutely the most dangerous” country to be in.
The Irish Times reports that Mr Annan said climate change is the “greatest global challenge” and the world is on the brink of a global catastrophe if governments don’t do something about it.
He said the world could be on track for another “catastrophic” climate event by the end of the century, and that the world needs a climate policy that reflects the reality of what’s happening.
“There’s a lot of good that can come out of it, and you can expect to see that happen in the near future,” Mr Annann said.
He was speaking at a conference on climate change in Dublin.
“But there’s a great deal of room for improvement,” he said.
“The way we think about it is the best way forward is to have a policy that says we’re going to have to do something, we’re not going to take anything for granted.”
It’s not that there’s no hope.
There’s a huge amount of hope in this, but there’s room for more.
“He said a focus on climate action could be “very, very good news”.”
We’ve got a lot to do on the international stage, and we’ve got to do a lot more.
“But I think in the short term, the longer term we can see a change, but it is likely to be a long time,” Mr Obama said.ABC/wiresTopics:environment,climate-change,climate,finance,government-and-politics,business-economics-and_finance-industry,climatechange,southeast-asia,china,united-states