The Global Citizen: climate change
(Huene Island, pictured above, part of the Carteret Island chain, has literally been cut in two by rising sea levels)
Papua New Guinea's Mission to the United Nations recently announced that it would evacuate the Carteret Islands, a horseshoe-shaped group of islands in the South Pacific. 2,000 Carteret Islanders slanders will receive funding to resettle on Bougainville Island, which is a four-hour boat ride away.
Christian Science Monitor, "U.N. Revs Up Over Global Warming":
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. - The annual summertime retreat of the Arctic icecap, greater this year than perhaps at any time during the 20th century. The nightmare of intensifying storms in some areas and extended drought in others, already taking place in developing countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
I hinted in a couple of posts last week that I attended an interesting meeting with a White House official last week to discuss the summit planned for this fall on climate change. The White House policy is changing for the better - it's a long way from decent, but it will hopefully create room for others to lead. Here's a quick download of my meeting:
It turns out that the pursuit of energy efficiency isn't just some newfangled political fad thought up by climate scientists and mechanical engineers... it's in our genes! According to a team of researchers at the University of Arizona, humans learned to walk upright because doing so uses less energy than traveling on all fours. This is a fun fact, all by itself, but I can't help thinking... maybe pursuing an energy efficiency revolution is the next phase of human evolution?
This just in - The Senate Finance Committee just approved a $29 billion package of tax incentives supporting renewables at the expense of the oil and gas industry.
"When the major oil companies are making record profits, consumers are paying record prices, the federal government should not provide record subsidies for the major companies,? said Ron Wyden, D-Ore."
The Senate is entering its second week of deliberations on a proposed energy bill (H.R. 6). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has made it clear that he wants to wrap-up the energy bill by the end of the week, so he can take another stab at moving the immigration reform bill.
I'm at the Hyatt Regency this morning with my colleagues Charlie and Julia at a conference jointly sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation. The topic? "America in the World."
Madeleine Albright kicked things off this morning. A couple of takeaways:
This afternoon, G8 leaders reached a compromise on climate change. The agreement comes after weeks of tension between the U.S. and European members of the G8 over establishing goals for international action to combat global warming.
Yesterday, President Bush made it clear that the U.S. would not reconsider its opposition to including a concrete global emissions target in the G8 communique.
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