Too much of nothing

Athanasiou, Tom
January 2006
Earth Island Journal;Winter2006, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p46
The article focuses on the problem of global warming. The atmospheric carbon concentration has already passed the highest point that can be plausibly called safe. Global warming threatens to make international targets for halving global poverty by 2015 entirely unattainable. This situation requires a global response. The Europeans want real engagement with the developing world, at meeting that begins with clear-eyed presentations from scientists, while the Americans prefer to leverage faith in power politics and technological salvation. The U.S. plans to join China and India in an Asian-Pacific climate agreement intended to replace the Kyoto pact as a method to control greenhouse emissions. The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate consists of the U.S., Australia, China, India, South Korea, and Japan, and is designed to address the climate crisis without mandatory emissions targets. Instead, it emphasizes the development of a variety of energy technologies, many focused on coal, and implies some as-yet-unspecified terms for transferring those technologies to the developing world. It is entirely voluntary.


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