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Tag: Copenhagen


Climate pact needs Obama’s salesmanship

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

Barack Obama demonstrated a surprising potential for bipartisan leadership in Norway Thursday when he forcefully defended America in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

Next stop, Copenhagen. He’ll have to milk that gift for all it’s worth to eventually get a serious climate-change treaty through the Senate.
The Copenhagen climate conference now in progress will not produce a binding agreement on greenhouse gas reduction; with any luck, it will produce a framework of means and ends the world can buy into.

At times like this, “international community” looks like an oxymoron. Different nations often have conflicting interests, even in addressing a common problem.

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Prefab opinion on climate change

From Editor & Publisher magazine comes this global warming editorial that dozens of newspapers are reprinting verbatim.

Someone must not have heard the term “groupthink.” Or else they wanted to provide the perfect illustration of it.

56 Papers in 45 Countries Publish Joint Editorial

Published: December 06, 2009

NEW YORK Tomorrow 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the perhaps unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. Many if not most will publish it on the front page, warning of a “profound emergency.”

The Guardian of London, which helped draft the editorial, published it today, with a note at the end. Here it is:

Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year’s inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world’s response has been feeble and half-hearted.
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