Author: Katy Wang
Katy is a first year Master of Global Policy Studies Candidate. Prior to joining the LBJ School, Katy worked at a non-profit organization developing microfinance programs in rural Western China. The programs provided farmers with capacity building in animal husbandry, agriculture and the adoption of renewable energy technology at the household-level. Her policy interests revolve around the intersection of development and sustainability.

UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on LULUCF Under CDM

On April 23, 2014, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published a report titled “Options for possible additional land use, land-use change and forestry activities and alternative approaches to addressing the risk of non-permanence under the clean development

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Challenges of a Growing Population: China

By 2030, The Economist projects 1 billion Chinese, or 70 percent of the population, will live in urban centers compared to 50 percent in 2014. This presents a great challenge to the cause. In an effort to spread out the

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Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 2: Forestry)

Continuing from Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 1: Agriculture) Forestry remains the most important part of LULUCF – with the greatest potential as a sink but also as a major contributor to emissions. Compared to agricultural levers, forestry levers are

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Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 1: Agriculture)

As mentioned in an earlier post, our analysis of the McKinsey Abatement Cost Curve suggests greenhouse gas emission levels worldwide from forestry and agriculture could fall to 10.68 GtCO2e by 2030, a 29% reduction from projected business as usual (BAU)

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LULUCF Abatement Rationale & Potential Abatement

Generally, LULUCF abatement solutions are natural, readily available,[1] and unlike some of the other sectors, can be implemented with existing technology.

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China’s Airpocalypse: It Affects You (Americans)

Just when Americans think China’s pollution cannot get any worse, it is making headlines again. Except this time, it is getting a little closer to home. A report by the University of California Irvine reveals China’s pollution is traveling across

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Motivation for Change in China

Sometime in the first decade of the 21st century, China surpassed the US as the largest aggregate emitter of CO2 emissions.  Source: Mongabay, 2009 It’s clear that any discussion of anthropogenic carbon emissions and future mitigation is not complete with

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China and California’s Innovative Collaboration to Address Climate Change

Vice-Chairman Xie Zhenhua and Gov. Jerry Brown sign agreement Photo: Raphael Kluzniok, The Chronicle On September 13th, two of the world’s largest economies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to “enhance cooperation in an effort to combat greenhouse gases and

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