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UN Panel Releases Report on Climate Change
Nov-17-07 11:46 pm
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Synthesis Report Saturday in Valencia, Spain.  The report can be found here. The New York Times notes the Secretary-General's observations:
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, describing climate change as “the defining challenge of our age,” released the final report of a United Nations panel on climate change here on Saturday and called on the United States and China to play “a more constructive role.”

His challenge to the world’s two greatest greenhouse gas emitters came just two weeks before the world’s energy ministers meet in Bali, Indonesia, to begin talks on creating a global climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

The United States and China are signatories to Kyoto, but Washington has not ratified the treaty, and China, along with other developing countries, is not bound by its mandatory emissions caps.

“Today the world’s scientists have spoken, clearly and in one voice,” Mr. Ban said of the report, the Synthesis Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “In Bali, I expect the world’s policymakers to do the same.”

He added, “The breakthrough needed in Bali is for a comprehensive climate change deal that all nations can embrace.”

We'll see what happens at the Bali session next month and what role the US will play. Unfortunately, I have difficulty envisioning this Administration accepting Ban's challenge to play a constructive leadership roel.

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