October 22, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.The Japanese government has approved a new plan to combat global warming, ahead of the forthcoming U.N. summit on climate change. The plan sets out a roadmap for the entire country. One goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A new goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46 percent by fiscal 2030, compared to fiscal 2013. It also defines measures aimed at attaining the targets, including using renewable energy as much as possible.
2.The Japanese Cabinet has approved a basic energy plan after the first revision in three years. It calls for the share of renewable power sources to be doubled by fiscal 2030 to bring carbon output down. Solar and other renewables will be the main sources in the next mix, accounting for 36 to 38 percent of the total. Nuclear power will keep its ratio of 20 to 22 percent.
3.Western and developing nations have issued two opposing joint statements related to human rights in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee.