Thursday, November 15, 2007

Environment Tops International Agenda for 2008


A series of interesting articles today from The Economist suggest that environmental challenges remain at the top of the agenda on the international stage. As i have said many times before these challenges are not going away, they are getting bigger, scarier and more urgent by the day. I couldn't agree more with Emma Duncan that it is time to end the Rhetoric and begin the action... i only wish that Nancy Pelosi would take this advice and do something serious about renewable energy!
Today sees the publication of the 22nd edition of The Economist’s annual compilation of predictions for the year to come, The World in 2008. The environment remains at the top of the international agenda and this is reflected in a number of articles in The World in 2008.

America will rise to the challenge of global warming, believes Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives
The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, focuses on the role America will play in the fight against climate change. Arguing that global warming is a fact, not a theory, she calls for action in the coming year.

Time to move beyond rhetoric and get down to the details (Emma Duncan)
American (and Chinese) engagement is crucial for serious action on climate change, argues The Economist’s deputy editor, Emma Duncan, who says that it is time to move beyond rhetoric and get down to the details if any real progress is to be made in 2008.

The urge to get off oil—and to find more of the stuff (Gideon Rachman)
Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times argues that panic over global warming means that the world now faces two different sorts of energy anxiety. The first revolves around the familiar struggle for affordable fuel. The second concerns the battle to combat climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

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At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everybody!

I am quite interested on this topic and i imagine that all who are writing in here or visiting this blog are also quite worried about the situation we are currently living, so it would be quite interesting for you if you have a look to this site i have found where environmental problems, climate change, global warming are treated from the citizen´s point of view on a meeting called ENCODE 2007 which is going to be held this year in Malaga (Spain) from the 29th to the 30th of november. I am sure you it would be worthy to have a look and leave your opinion in there, which will be for sure really valuable. Also, as I have read, it is also possible to participate online those days on which the event is being held. There will be also some papers from important speakers from the environmental and social context, such as Rigoberta Menchu, Bob Geldof or Ignacio Ramonet. Also, in the meeting held last year Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his effort against global warming and climate change also participated. In ENCODE 2007, citizens are the centre of the event itself, which emphasizes on the new challenges proposed by the Knowledge Society, promoting a model of sustainable development worldwide.It really looks quite interesting so don´t miss it!! Also it is a good oportunity for all of us who are interested in environmental disasters to participate and give our opinion about this important topic, which is a matter of concern for all of us.
Please have a look on the site http://www.encontreencode.es

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I´m sorry, the right link is:

http://www.encuentroencode.es

 
At 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure ENCODE will allow citizens to be the real player in this society. I have taken a look on www.encuentroencode.com and it seems to be real opportunity for all of us to participate in themes which affect us all. I have also read it will be a benefit concert where Carlinhos Brown will be participating!

 

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