Top Administration Officials Warn Congress of Climate Change Impacts and Call for Preparedness Measures

The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming heard yesterday (2 Dec 2009) from two top Obama Administration officials who warned of the growing impacts of climate change and the emphasized the urgency of curbing emissions and preparing for the impacts. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Climate Legislation Likely Will Have Positive Effect on Farm Incomes

A U.S. Department of Agriculture analysis of House-passed energy and climate legislation suggests benefits for farmers. Like most analyses, the study does not consider the economic implications for farmers of different climate change scenarios -- including business-as-usual scenarios with potentially catastrophic  impacts.

Coastal Cities of Southern Virginia Among the Most Vulnerable in U.S. to Climate Change by mid-Century

Climate change threatens Virginia's low-lying coastal cities with a costly combination of rising seas and more intense coastal storms. 

America’s Hottest Species: A New Report on Climate Change and the Rising Risk of Species Extinction

The Endangered Species Coalition released today (1 December 2009) a report, America’s Hottest Species, on ten of America’s endangered wildlife, birds, fish and plants being affected by climate change.

Agricultural Impacts & Climate Change Hearing Tomorrow—Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, the House Agriculture Committee is holding a hearing on the potential economic impacts of climate change on the farm sector.  

World can’t afford to wait: Significant global changes have occurred since 1st climate treaty was signed 12 years ago

In the 12 years since the Kyoto protocol was adopted, global emissions of greenhouse gases have increased rapidly, their concentrations in the atmosphere have grown, climate change has accelerated and the impacts have grown more evident.

Chinese Government Announces Commitment to Sharply Cut Carbon Intensity of China's Economy

China's State Council announced yesterday (26 November 2009) that China would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide it emits per unit of GDP by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2020.  In addition, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Premier Wen Jiabao would attend the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP-15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.  WWF welcomes the announcement.

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."

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