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CFR Task Force Calls for Overhaul of U.S. Climate Change Strategy

Against the backdrop of increasing attention to energy and climate change in the presidential campaigns, the recent failure of the Senate to advance the Lieberman-Warner climate bill, and preparations for this summer's G8 summit, a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force recommends an overhaul of U.S. domestic and foreign policy to confront the challenge.

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FAO: Livestock's Long Shadow

Authors: Henning Steinfeld, Pierre Gerber, Tom Wassenaar, Vincent Castel, Mauricio Rosales, and Cees de Haan

This report assesses the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation. The livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to serious environmental problems.

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Blowhard in Chief

Author: David G. Victor

Leadership matters when it comes to greenery because solving most environmental issues requires a change in direction. Yet, in this Newsweek article, David Victor argues that the ability to work in bipartisan ways will matter much more than the name of the next American president.

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Pew: The European Union's Emissions Trading System In Perspective

Authors: A. Denny Ellerman and Paul L. Joskow

To meet its obligations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations under the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union established the first cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide emissions in the world starting in 2005. This report from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change discusses the development, structure, and performance of this system to date.

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Symposium on America, Europe, and the World: Session Two: Economics and the Environment (Audio)

Speakers: Tom Burke, William A. Pizer, Adam S. Posen, and Angel Ubide
Presider: Bruce Stokes

Listen to experts discuss implications of the relationship between economic and environmental issues for the United States and Europe.

This symposium was made possible by the generosity of the European Commission and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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Newsweek: Just the Tree of Us

Author: Jerry Adler

Senior Editor Jerry Adler reports on where the three U.S. presidential candidates stand on the environment and why some environmental advocacy groups, such as the League of Conservation Voters, which influences mainstream environmental groups, are still undecided on which candidate to endorse.

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The Race for Resources: Conflict in the 21st Century [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speakers: Leon S. Fuerth, Paul J. Kern, and David G. Victor
Presider: Paul B. Stares

Concerns are increasing about the consequences of global climate change, rising consumption rates, and population growth on the availability of natural resources, including water, land, forests, oil, gas, and a variety of minerals. In the face of scarcity, are we likely to see a rise in violent conflict over valuable resources? Or is the probability of 'resource wars' much less than feared? Speakers discuss these issues at a meeting cosponsored with the Council’s Center for Preventive Action.

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