Climate Change


The Future of U.S. Climate Policy

Eileen B. Claussen interviewed by Stephanie Hanson

Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, says U.S. domestic climate legislation might pass in 2010, after Congress deals with health care reform. But a global climate agreement, set to be discussed in Copenhagen in December 2009, is dependent on U.S. policy, she says.

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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 It was repealed by the National Climate Service Act of 2009.

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