General Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

White House Outlines Copenhagen Strategy and Says Obama will Attend Negotiations on 9 December

The White House released an announcement today (25 November 2009) saying that President Obama on 9 December would travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, and that "the President is prepared to put on the table a U.S. emissions reduction target in the range of 17% below 2005 levels in 2020 and ultimately in line with final U.S. energy and climate legislation."  WWF’s Climate Program Director Keya Chatterjee welcomed the announcement that Obama would attend the meeting, and added that the President should follow up by putting "the full weight of the White House behind Senate passage of a climate bill in the first part of 2010.”

Leading Researchers Release "The Copenhagen Diagnosis, 2009: Updating the World on the Latest Climate Science"

A group of leading researchers has issued an update of the climate science, warning that "decisions taken now have profound and practically irreversible consequences for many generations to come."

WWF TV Ads Urge Alaskans to Ask Senators to Support Climate Legislation

World Wildlife Fund last week (on 16 November 2009)  launched a 10-day TV advertising campaign in Alaska. 

Online Information on the International Climate Change Negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark

We provide a handy and short list of links to online resources on the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 7-18 December 2009.

WWF Board of Directors calls upon Senate to issue Clear Bipartisan Blueprint for Action on Climate Change

In an open letter published today (19 November 2009) on a full page of the Washington Post, members of WWF's current and past Boards of Directors call for "a clear bipartisan blueprint from the Senate prior to Copenhagen, followed by final passage of legislation early next year," saying that it is "vital to securing corresponding actions by other countries in a new global pact to head off the worst impacts of climate change. "

Former U.S. climate change negotiator says "All Eyes on the Senate"

Nigel Purvis, President of Climate Advisers and a former U.S. climate change negotiator, told Senators today at a hearing on international aspects of global climate change that they must "craft a durable, bipartisan approach" to climate change. "The Senate must show the American people and the world that they are not waiting for Godot," he said.

On Climate Change "China is making many of the right steps"

Testifying before a Senate hearing today (17 Nov 2009) on international aspects of global climate change, Taiya Smith of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said that "China is making many of the right steps towards managing climate change."

Positive Prospects for International Climate Deal as Obama aims for "Accord that Covers all of the Issues"

President Obama and President Hu at the US-China Summit signaled that both countries are aiming for an agreement that is comprehensive and has "immediate operational effect" when international negotiators meet in December in Copenhagen, Denmark.   Keya Chatterjee, Acting Director of Climate Change for WWF said "their statements provide strong evidence that Copenhagen can still deliver all of the key elements of a legally binding agreement."

Study on Climate Change and the Economy: "The cost of inaction will be much higher than the cost of action."

A report recently released by the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) summarizes the findings of a series of climate change impacts studies conducted around the country. "The findings of these analyses illustrate and underscore the enormous risks posed by unmitigated climate change, and the increasing urgency of policy actions to reduce these risks," the report says.

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