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The Climate Pod

Aug 24, 2022

If we have any chance of staying under 2 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels, the United States and China will have to act aggressively to reduce emissions in the next few decades and support the rest of the world as it decarbonizes. And to achieve that, both nations will have to work together effectively, which has become increasingly uncertain in recent years. So how do we change the current trajectory and steer away from escalating conflict?

In his new book, The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping's China, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who currently serves as President of the Asia Society, outlines a detailed plan for how the two global superpowers can establish strategic competition with each other without resorting to catastrophic war. He also weighs in on how the United States and China can work more effectively on the climate crisis and what we should learn in the breakdown in talks following Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. Lastly, Mr. Rudd gives his thoughts on the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the United States and Australia's plan to reduce emissions by 43% by 2030 from 2005 levels. 

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