China’s plan to cut emis­sions

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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.

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