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Climate Deal To Go Up In Smoke

In December, 196 countries signed an agreement in Lima, Peru, promising to pledge what they can to cut greenhouse gas pollution… To keep these countries on track, the climate change conference agreed that as many nations as possible would submit their proposals before March 31. Most of the world is about to blow past the deadline.

Read Here – The New Republic

The New New Thing

It is the new new normal: a way to describe the persistent state of subpar economic growth plaguing developed nations.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Asia Century A Lot Of Hot Air

A recent report on the humdrum subject of plans to build new coal-burning plants to generate electricity helps to explain why Asia – led by its rising economic giants, China and India – is at the epicentre of concern about global warming and climate change.

Policy makers from nearly all of the world’s countries meet this week and next in Doha, Qatar, for annual UN climate negotiations and researchers have been issuing fresh calls on the need for action to reduce the relentless rise in greenhouse gas emissions from human activity, which are heating the world.

They do so as the Kyoto Protocol, the existing plan for curbing these emissions, is due to expire at the end of the year. The protocol has been ineffective because it is limited to developed nations, which no longer produce the bulk of emissions – the United States, although it signed the UN pact, refused to ratify it.

Read Here – Canberra Times

U.S. Energy Policy After 2012

While energy is not a top-tier issue for the American public, Obama and Romney present very different visions for how the United States will generate and consume energy over the next four years – and perhaps set the stage for the next twenty. They provide a clear choice for American voters and explicit differences for international onlookers seeking to understand the path the country might take in 2013 and beyond. Either will have a significant impact on oil and natural gas supplies on the world market and, at least as important, on the likelihood that the world will make progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions before 2020.

Read Here – Chatham House

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