US-China Pact Includes Water-Energy Research Provisions

In November, President Obama and President Jinping of China announced new targets for reducing the amount of heat-trapping gases that their countries release into the atmosphere. This was a historic move that both sides hope will catalyze a global climate agreement in Paris next year to rein in carbon emissions and avoid harmful ecological changes. The two powers will work together in several areas of shared interests. They will collaborate to develop technology that pulls carbon out of the air, work on urban planning ideas, welcome trade delegations for green technology, and test new solar energy facilities. The agreement also expands the mission of a joint energy research program to include, for the first time, investigations of the connections between water and energy use.  As of this writing it was unclear where the new water-energy research will be conducted, but it could be at one of their three consortia--West Virginia University for Advanced Coal Technology, University of Michigan for Clean Vehicles, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for Building Energy Efficiency, or an entirely new location.