China recently pledged to max out its carbon emissions by 2030 -- but some researchers say the country's carbon output might already have peaked. "We're reaching a point in much of China where the cities have been built, the roads have been built, a lot of the demand for cement and steel is essentially slowing," explained energy researcher Joanna Lewis.
France plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030, and locking carbon away in the soil could play a vital role in achieving that goal. French agriculture minister Stephane Le Foll has called for the country to increase soil-based sequestration by 0.04% a year, which could add up to big savings over time.
Leo Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers' sustainability and climate-change partner, discusses the effects of sustainability issues on the accounting industry with Rachael Singh in this video. Businesses will need to "de-carbonize" at an annual rate of 3.5%, Johnson warns.