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Applies to US federal government or national leadership

Applies to US federal government or national leadership

Is the Kyoto Protocol an endangered species?

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I am now sitting in the Thursday session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP). Right now the delegates from Argentina and Saudi Arabia are highlighting their concerns about key parts of the Protocol being taken out.

President Obama to attend climate change talks in Copenhagen

President Obama will attend the climate change talks in Copenhagen in early December. The President will travel to Copenhagen on December 9, 2009 on his way to Oslo, where he will pick up his Nobel Peace Prize the next day. The administration has not committed to any stopover again after the Oslo trip. The summit takes place from December 7 to December 18.

US groups prepare for CSD-18

Washington, DC. A number of civil society representatives met in Washington today with members of the US government delegation to the upcoming 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, discussing why and how US citizens can learn about and engage in the process.

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October 24 Day of Action on Climate Organized by 350.org

Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature, founded the group 350.org to generate public action around the world to demand that world leaders work towards a goal of 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere. The group has called for worldwide demonstrations on October 24.

Leading by example

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Last week, on October 5, President Obama signed Executive Order 13584 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.

President Obama sets sustainability goals for federal agencies

Yesterday President Obama signed an executive order "to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions a priority for Federal agencies.

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Food Alliance

From the website: Our Mission:

Food Alliance creates market incentives for socially and environmentally responsible agricultural practices and educates business leaders and other food system stakeholders on the benefits of sustainable agriculture.

US groups call on Obama to support Earth Summit in 2012

Twelve organizations, including CitNet, sent a letter to President Obama requesting enthusiastic support for the UN proposal to hold an Earth Summit in Brazil in 2012.

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New paper by CitNet member Donald Brown on ethical duties of climate change in the US

A new paper by Citizens Network for Sustainable Development member Donald A. Brown writes about the limitations of cost considerations in developing climate change policies in the United States in The Crucial Missing Element In Media Coverage of the US Climate Change Debate: The Ethical Duty to Reduce GHG Emissions.

The Crucial Missing Element In Media Coverage of the US Climate Change Debate: The Ethical Duty to Reduce GHG Emissions

A new paper by Citizens Network for Sustainable Development member Donald A. Brown on the limitations of cost considerations in developing climate change policies in the United States.

Contact info: Donald A. Brown
Associate Professor Environmental Ethics, Science, and Law
Penn State University
814-865-3371