FROM David Montgomery
Is Bush's Promise of Global Warming Talks Too Late? President Bush barely showed up for this week's UN session on global warming , but he's conceded that human activities do contribute to climate change. Today the White House begins its own conference with 16 countries responsible for 90% of greenhouse gas emissions. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened the meeting of the world's 16 top polluting nations—including Brazil, South Africa and, most importantly, China and India, alone with the industrialized western nations. Will it undermine—or complement—the United Nations? Is the international community taking it seriously?
Global Warming Conference, UK Report and US Politics in a Democratic Congress A British study predicts disruption comparable to world wars and depressions unless there's immediate action to curb climate change. This week in Kenya, 180 nations are trying to agree on timetables. On Capitol Hill, James Inhofe calls global warming "the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people." California Democrat Barbara Boxer, who’ll replace the Oklahoma Republican next year as chair of a key senate committee, urges that "time is running out and we need to move forward.” She'll propose new laws to set limits on greenhouse gases. Is American policy in for a change? If China and India don't get on board, will it make any difference?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.