Political Climate
Apr 23, 2007
On Earth Day, Remember the Humans

Today, America’s environment is cleaner—and Earth Day has indeed helped ensure that. Earth Day allowed Congress to pass grandly-titled laws and claim enormous credit for environmental battles that had, for the most part, already been fought and won.  But our environmental impulses also have a dark side.

On Earth Day, we should renew our promise to keep the environment clean—without adding to human misery or stalling improvements in the human condition. See Remember the Humans



Apr 22, 2007
American Ruling Could Put Gas Guzzlers Off the Road

The threat of national limits on carbon dioxide emissions could kill off big macho vehicles like the Hummer and the Corvette. A decision by the US Supreme Court could signal the beginning of the end of America’s love affair with big cars, pickup trucks and gas-guzzling 4x4s. 

The news that the EPA could set nationwide carbon-dioxide limits comes at a bad time for the big three American carmakers — Chrysler, Ford and General Motors - which are all in financial trouble and not ready with rivals for cars like the Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid.

The big three are against regulations based on the carbon-dioxide emissions of individual vehicles. General Motors chairman Rick Wagoner said: “We have had Cafe for 30 years and it doesn’t work.” He calls for a different strategy to control carbon dioxide, adopting a higher proportion of renewable fuels, such as bio-ethanol made in America from corn.

See Gas Guzzlers



Apr 20, 2007
IPCC Summary for Policymakers: Working Group II

This Summary sets out the key policy-relevant findings of the Fourth Assessment of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The Assessment is of current scientific understanding of impacts of climate change on natural, managed and human systems, the capacity of these systems to adapt and their vulnerability1. It builds upon past IPCC assessments and incorporates new knowledge gained since the Third Assessment.  Working Group II Summary



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