Road to Copenhagen: Waiting for America

November 3, 2009 by  
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photo: adopt a negotiator via flickr As the last round of “intersessional” climate talks before Copenhagen opened yesterday in Barcelona, all eyes were looking in the same direction they were when we left Bangkok three weeks earlier: at the United States. Without American numbers on mitigation (or emissions reductions) and finance (for developing nations to build their own clean energy economies, and also to adapt to the impacts of climate change), any real forward progress in the talks is just about impossible. “We need a clear target from the Unit..

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China Cleaning Up Two Toxic Spills on Yangtze River, Drinking Water Source of Millions

November 3, 2009 by  
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Should Shipping on the Yangtze be Made Safer and Cleaner? Even when everything’s going according to plan, cargo ships can be major sources of air pollution (see ” Just 15 of the world’s biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760m cars “), but when things go wrong and they’re carrying dangerous chemicals, things can degenerate quite a bit. Chinese workers are currently trying to clean up two spills that took place on the Yangtze River this week (oil was spilled in one case and hydr..

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