China’s plan to cut emissions
China’s cabinet has issued a new climate plan targeting an 18 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared with 2015 levels, the same day that the Paris Agreement of nearly 200 countries took effect. Under the new State Council plan announced on Friday, coal consumption must be capped at about 4.2 billion tonnes in 2020 while nonfossil fuel energy generation capacity like hydropower and nuclear power are expanded to a 15 per cent share of China’s total capacity. China has taken a leading role in climate change talks and its collaboration with the United States has been touted by Washington and Beijing as a bright spot in an otherwise strained relationship. China will guarantee that emissions peak no later than 2030 under the Paris pact. There are also plans to officially launch a national carbon trading market next year.` There are vintage jeans. And then there are jeans from the American Wild West that are up for auction. A Maine auction house is putting up for bid a bona fide pair of Levi’s blue jeans bought in 1893. Daniel Buck Auctions & Appraisals says the jeans were ordered for Solomon Warner, who participated in the creation of the Arizona Territory. Warner wore them only a few times. The jeans ended up in a trunk. The 123-year-old pants went up for auction last night in Lisbon Falls, Maine, US, and are expected to bring in tens of thousands of dollars due to their pristine condition. Warner was a big fella. The cotton jeans with button fly feature a size 44 waist.