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The Copenhagen Consensus

Dec21 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, International Green Movement No Comments

After two years of pre-negotiations and two weeks of international discussions in Copenhagen, hope turned into disappointment. What resulted was an accord between the US, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, France, Germany, and the EU over the scientific case for global warming and the goal of capping temperature increases at 2°C. Leaders agreed that cutting emissions would provide the most effective strategy at reaching this goal – but not at the expense of development and economic prosperity. Additionally, the accord calls upon developed nations to provide annual payments of $30 billion, rising to $100 billion in funds to less developed nations by 2020 – however there are no guidelines as to who the provider and beneficiary of these funds will be.

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Stalemate or Success in Copenhagen?

Dec14 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, International Green Movement No Comments

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency declared an “endangerment finding” concerning greenhouse gases produced by vehicles and power plants. The findings were clear: human-induced emissions leading to climate change, is a danger to public health. The announcement was part of a Supreme Court decision, in 2007, to have the Agency review scientific data of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. This would allow the EPA regulation power over emissions that affect human health, under the current legislation, without having to go through Congress.

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