Tuesday, December 08, 2009

3 on Copenhagen and "The Climate"

Here are 3 articles on "The Climate"...............Scott

The Physics of Copenhagen: Why "Politics-As-Usual" May Mean the End of Civilization
Bill McKibben, TomDispatch.com: "Most political arguments don't really have a right and a wrong, no matter how passionately they're argued. They're about human preferences - for more health care or lower taxes, for a war to secure some particular end or a peace that leaves some danger intact ... That's why standard political operating procedure is to move slowly, taking matters in small bites instead of big gulps.... When it comes to global warming, however, this is precisely why we're headed off a cliff, why the Copenhagen talks that open this week, almost no matter what happens, will be a disaster."
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Climate Change Talks: What to Look For at Copenhagen
Peter Spotts, The Christian Science Monitor: "Delegates left the Bali climate change talks in December 2007 with high hopes that a grand bargain on reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be secured by now. But today, as the latest round of climate change talks begin with representatives from more than 190 countries gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, expectations are far more modest. The biggest decision - a binding international agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions - is likely to be pushed off until next December, when another round of climate talks is scheduled for Mexico City. Nevertheless, two weeks in Copenhagen will yield insights into global efforts to control industrial emissions and the warming of the planet."
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Gender Missing in Climate Agreements
Sabina Zaccaro, Inter Press Service: "Women are known to be innovators when it comes to responding to climate change. The question is how to ensure that the role of women and gender equality are reflected in climate change agreements. Women in poor countries will be the most affected by climate change effects, according to the 2009 State of the World Population report, released last month by the United Nations Population Fund ... To understand how far women are involved in decision making on climate change, TerraViva spoke with Lorena Aguilar Revelo, global senior gender advisor to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which is a part of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance launched at the United Nations climate change conference in Bali in December 2007."
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