A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota, on January 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota, on January 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters
A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota, on January 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters
Han Chen
Opinion

Opinion

The View by Han Chen and Sara Jane Ahmed

Top polluters US and China cannot ignore vulnerable countries in climate change fight

  • Developed countries are still funding overseas fossil fuel projects that generate high emissions and expose host countries to price volatility
  • Leaders from vulnerable countries must be heard as voices for urgent action as well as partners in future diplomatic, economic and technological progress

A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota, on January 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota, on January 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters
A natural gas flare on an oil well pad burns as the sun sets outside Watford City, North Dakota, on January 21, 2016. Photo: Reuters
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Han Chen

Han Chen

Han Chen manages the Natural Resources Defence Council’s work to promote a global energy transition and address climate change at the international level. Her work covers the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and implementation of the Paris Agreement, global financing and deployment of renewables, and limits to the expansion of high-carbon energy sources. Prior to joining NRDC, Chen was a researcher at the Brookings Institution. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University and a master’s degree in international development from Beijing’s Tsinghua University.

Sara Jane Ahmed

Sara Jane Ahmed

Sara Jane Ahmed is a finance advisor to the Vulnerable Group of Twenty (V20) Ministers of Finance of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). She is also part of the advisory board of various institutions including the Global Renewables Congress. She is a former energy finance analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) covering energy transition in the Philippines. She holds an MS in Finance from the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester.