One year ago, Canadian scientist and author Gerald Kutney published Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol, a book that was pretty gloomy about the prospects for global action on climate change.

Kutney: “In the book, I suggested that two-hundred countries shouldn’t be discussing this, it should just be a few because if you can’t get two or three countries to agree, how are you going to get two-hundred ever to agree?”

flagsToday, he is more hopeful given the 2014 agreement between the U.S. and China.

Kutney: “The U.S.-China agreement is a major step forward.”

Both countries set ambitious goals for reducing carbon pollution.

President Obama: “As the world’s two largest economies, energy consumers, and emitters of greenhouse gases, we have a special responsibility to lead the global effort against climate change.”

Kutney also thinks the U.S.’s plan to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants is a big step, since coal produces the greatest amount of carbon pollution worldwide.

Looking forward, Kutney says the international climate negotiations in Paris later this year and the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be important steps on the road to a stable global climate.

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