Copenhagen or bust

If we miss this opportunity, there will be no second chance sometime in the future, no later way to undo the catastrophic damage to the environment we will cause. So when world leaders gather this week, first at the United Nations in New York and then at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh, it is essential that we move toward resolving the issues that still divide our nations. As scientists spell out the mounting evidence both of the climate change already ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Derek Hawkins - Sep 22, 2009 - 9:08 AM PDT
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by Derek Hawkins - Sep. 22, 2009

The problem with politicians writing op-eds (or more appropriately, having op-eds ghost-written for them) is that they often come off sounding like speeches. No exception here. Brown talks about the money the world will save and the burst of innovation economies will experience by acting on climate change now, but he doesn't elaborate on any trends or identify any data that make his points much more than intuitively true. But his argument is well explained and reasonable, and will probably be effective in laying the groundwork ahead of the UN, G20 and Copenhagen meetings.

Some argue that, amid demanding economic conditions, our resolve to meet environmental commitments should weaken, that the costs are too high. In fact, the opposite is ... More »

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Manfred Ostrowski
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by Manfred Ostrowski - Sep. 23, 2009

Good and engaging statement by UK Prime Minister Brown which deserves attention.

The article offers an optimistic view from the UK which is refreshing and encouraging.

“So just as the revolution in information technologies provided a major motor of growth over the past 30 years, the transformation to low-carbon technologies will do ... More »

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by Fabrice Florin - Sep. 22, 2009

Insightful opinion about the need for global agreement on climate change, written by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This short article presents well-reasoned arguments for immediate action, including a proposed $100 billion commitment to help developing countries participate effectively in this initiative.

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