China has repeatedly criticised the US for its climate policies, and this year China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MSIT) will host an international science forum on climate change in Beijing, and its top science adviser will be a prominent advocate of “clean energy”, according to a report.
Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua quoted the report, which cited “scientific experts”, as saying China will host the forum to promote its “clean and sustainable development”.
The US is hosting the forum at the UN climate change conference in Lima, Peru, the report said.
The forum is expected to be hosted by a group of leading US scientists, including NASA’s Bill Nye, director of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, and former Nasa director James Hansen.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed global warming as a hoax, but his administration has sought to expand US coal use to meet its environmental targets, and has pledged to ramp up fossil fuel production.
Trump’s administration also has cut funding for climate research, and is now under fire for a move that may have encouraged coal mining.
“The Trump administration’s decision to cut off funding for NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the United States’ premier climate research institute, was just one of many policy reversals that have put science and policy at odds,” the report said, adding that the US will be sending an ambassador to China in the near future.
According to the report cited by Xinhua, scientists at NASA will participate in a forum on “global challenges” on November 30.
China has been the main target of criticism by the US, which accused Beijing of “picking sides” in the dispute over the South China Sea.
Last month, US President Donald J Trump signed a $1.6 trillion (£1.2 trillion) aid package to help fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the US government announced.
Despite the warming trends in the US with rising CO2 emissions, China’s CO2 levels are “lower than those in the EU and Japan”, according the report.
“China has set an ambitious CO2 target, but has not followed it, as its greenhouse gas emissions are higher than those of the EU, Japan, the USA, and the rest of the world combined,” it added.
In the meantime, the World Health Organisation said in a statement that the outbreak of the pandemic was “a major global public health threat, particularly in countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, where CO2-emitting industries have significant populations”.
“These countries have the highest rates of coronaviral disease and CO2 pollution,” it said.