Janka Oertel discusses CO₂, China and Economic Competition in Latest Podcast Episode

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This week Ivan Vejvoda is in conversation with Europe's Futures Fellow and director of the Asia programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Janka Oertel.

Against a backdrop of rising global temperatures and the pledges made at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow last year, Oertel and Vejvoda consider the pivotal role that China will play in determining whether humanity can achieve its stated aim and keep warming below 1.5 degrees. Conventional wisdom sees the rise in emissions that has accompanied China's emergence as an economic superpower as a forbidding hurdle, but emissions have fallen recently and the country's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2060 took many by surprise.  What does the arrival of the Chinese epoch mean for Europe and the planet?

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