Sep 22, 2009 | 16
President Obama gave his first major speech on climate change today at the United Nations, part of a special session convened by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The reason for the session? Lack of speed in international negotiations to address climate change.
You can see the president's speech here:
In addition to reaffirming the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change, the president listed some recent accomplishments: new efficiency standards for all vehicles, billions of dollars for renewable energy development, and the nation's first mandatory greenhouse gas reporting system. He even noted a plan to work with the world's other largest economies, known as the G20, to "phase out fossil-fuel subsidies so that we can better address our climate challenge."
May 18, 2009 | 2
Negotiations on a new global treaty to combat climate change continue to heat up, even though a meeting in Copenhagen that is meant to forge a final deal remains months away.
Representatives from the world's nations—ranging from Todd Stern of the U.S. to Kevin Conrad of Papua New Guinea—only manage to get together a few times a year, which means there are just a few weeks of negotiations left before a deal is supposed to be reached. But they’re making some progress.
Much of the framework for a new climate agreement, meant to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012, has already been written. The United Nations organization in charge of all this has just released draft text (pdf) and proposed changes to this working document, which you can check out here.
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