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Copenhagen Accord Falls Short

By Justin O'Neill ecomii.com
February 9, 2010
File under: Environmental Policy, Global Initiatives, Obama

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In December 2009, a month after President Obama’s visit to China, the United States joined a host of delegates at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the Copenhagen Summit or Cop15.

Years of planning went into these negotiations between 115 world leaders, though the outcome (by most assessments) was pretty disappointing.

The main conclusion of days of discussion and debate was the Copenhagen Accord, a document “taken note of” (rather than “adopted”) by the United States, Brazil, China, India, and South Africa.  …read more of Copenhagen Accord Falls Short here

 
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U.S. and China Step Toward a Clean Energy Future

By Justin O'Neill ecomii.com
January 29, 2010
File under: Clean Energy, Environmental Policy, Obama

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With healthcare, the economy, Tiger Woods, and Conan O’Brien at the center of most media attention in the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010, coverage of the latest international efforts to reverse the effects of climate change has been drowned out.

While the result of the Copenhagen summit may have been disappointing, there is promising progress with an agreement with China.  Considering China and US are two of the largest eco footprints an agreement could have huge effects.

In November 2009, President Obama traveled to China and met with President Hu Jintao.  The two leaders announced an ambitious and sweeping plan to increase cooperation between the United States and China in developing and incorporating clean energy.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Chinese agreement has seven primary components: …read more of U.S. and China Step Toward a Clean Energy Future here

 
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NYT Assesses Obama on Energy and Environment

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
November 5, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, election 08, Environmental Policy, Obama

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On the one year anniversary of Obama‘s election, the New York Times has run an article assessing Barack on some of the issues which have defined his presidency to date. One of the areas covered is Energy and Environment. The analysis is not very in-depth, divided into one paragraph about his campaign promises and one about the action he’s taken in office.

A headline atop the Energy and Environment section sums its contents and Obama’s record on the issue up nicely: “Some progress, but the big fight is still ahead.”

As a candidate, Barack Obama called for a transformation in the way the United States produces and consumes energy to address global warming and to reduce …read more of NYT Assesses Obama on Energy and Environment here

 
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Maldives’ Government Hold First Underwater Meeting

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
October 19, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns

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It may only be a matter of years before the Maldives is fully submerged underwater; however, a recent government ceremony literally held underwater was not in preparation for future meetings. The event was staged to draw attention to the global fight against climate change before the Copenhagen meetings in December.

The meeting was held Saturday October 16th for Mohammed Nasheed, the Maldives’ President, and his cabinet to sign a document calling for the nations of the world to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions. The Maldives have taken a leadership role in the global fight against climate change largely out of necessity. …read more of Maldives’ Government Hold First Underwater Meeting here

 
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G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
September 28, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Clean Energy, Economy, Global Initiatives

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The Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Pittsburgh has yielded promise on the environmental sustainability front… but not quantifiable, time-specific progress.

Developing nations–including the member states of the African Union–and international leaders–including former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan–have been vocal about what they want from December’s international climate change meeting in Copenhagen: a well defined plan for how developed countries will help support environmentally sustainable development in the developing world.

The G-20, a club for the heads of state of powerful  countries, acknowledged that they want to take action on this issue. They did not, however, define how much action they want to take. …read more of G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability here

 
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