Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, September 22

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Published on September 22nd, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

International Climate Week kicked off yesterday, and in honor of the special event, today’s issue of Cool Green Morning is all about… you guessed it: climate change, emissions, energy and global policy leaders. Catch up on all the latest, right here, right now.

  1. The Washington Post warns that domestic politics could thwart the goal of a global treaty by December, despite the fact that the UN has rallied hard to make it a reality.
  2. Meanwhile, The New York Times’ Andy Revkin writes that the climate treaty faces other challenges besides domestic politics: with global temperatures stable for a decade, skepticism about climate change is on the rise again.
  3. And more from Andy Revkin, this time in DotEarth: remarks by officials at the first day of Climate Week reveal the immense gap between rich and poor, a gap that could hinder negotiations for a global climate treaty.
  4. A new report says global carbon emissions shrunk 2 percent this year, and the Energy Information Administration says the United States is on target to be 8.5 percent below 2005 emissions levels by the end of 2009. The cause? Well, there’s the economic recession, but also government policies might actually be working.
  5. When Steven Chu says Americans are like teenagers when it comes to energy, does he mean we drive recklessly and burp too much? Nah… he just means we might not have the knowledge or motivation to change our behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
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