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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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