Posted on | September 21, 2009 | 1 Comment
For Nature magazine’s news special “Planetary Boundaries,” click here.
TUESDAY 9/22/2009: President Barack Obama today addressed a day-long session of the United Nations on the importance of setting international goals for carbon dioxide reduction in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have the latest in what continues to be the Obama administration’s sharp reversal from Bush administration policy, which downplayed the notion that global warming was caused by human activity. From the New York Times:
“John F. Kennedy once observed that ‘our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man,’” Mr. Obama said. “It is true that for too many years mankind has been slow to respond to or even recognize the magnitude of the climate threat. It is true of my own country as well; we recognize that.”
From the Los Angeles Times: “We are determined to act. And we will meet our responsibility to future generations.”
Also according to the New York Times, China pledged “to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a ‘notable margin’ by 2020 compared to 2005 levels; massively increase the size of forests; boost nuclear or non-fossil fuels to 15 percent of power by 2020 and work to develop a green economy.”
Meanwhile, in California, conservationists from the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and others are asking the California Air Resources Board to reject a strange but true proposed rule that could encourage forest clear-cutting as part of California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To read their letter, click here. For background, read this article in the Los Angeles Times.
This page has been rewritten and will continue to change as “Climate Week” in New York progresses.