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NYT: A Lesson on Warming

If President Barack Obama expected an obstacle-free path to reaching a global--or even a domestic--consensus on climate change then he was in for a surprise at the G8 meeting in Italy, argues a New York Times' editorial. Leaders from developing and industrialized countries differ on proposed reduction targets while a widespread skepticism about the United States' ability to implement substantive reform hangs over the president's negotiations.

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National Climate Service Act

The Climate Program Act established "a national climate program to assist in the understanding and response to natural and man-induced climate processes and their implications." It was enacted on September 17, 1978 and amended through P.L. 106–580 on Dec. 29, 2000. It was repealed by the National Climate Service Act of 2009.

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Tackling Climate Change

Speakers: Paula J. Dobriansky, Bill Antholis, and Michael A. Levi
Presider: Jessica T. Mathews

What will be the most effective forums for international cooperation in regulating the global commons, and what leadership role should the United States play on these issues? What are the prospects for a climate change agreement at Copenhagen in 2009, and what role should the United States play? What are the prospects for "mini-lateral" cooperation-especially between the United States, European Union, China, and India-among major emitter countries?

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