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China, California and Pope Francis make good news on climate change

China, California and Pope Francis make good news on climate change

There has been some very good news on the climate change front recently, but all the positive news is still far from being enough to make anyone rest easy.

The biggest news is China’s plan to initiate a cap-and-trade system. During his visit to the White House at the end of September, President Xi Jinping surprised the world by announcing that, by 2017, his country will be setting up a national system for limiting emissions of harmful greenhouse gases and creating a market to provide incentives to reduce those emissions among core Chinese industries, including power generation, chemicals, iron and steel, building materials and papermaking.

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