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 It was repealed by the National Climate Service Act of 2009.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

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

Watch experts discuss how the United States should be addressing climate change and the need for global cooperation on the issue.

This session was part of the CFR conference: The United States and the Future of Global Governance, which was made possible through the generous support of the Robina Foundation.

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Council Special Report No. 47

The Canadian Oil Sands

Author: Michael A. Levi

The Canadian oil sands present an important challenge to policymakers: they promise energy security benefits but present climate change problems. Michael A. Levi assesses the energy security and climate change effects of the oil sands and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers within the context of broader bilateral relations with Canada.

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