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Climate negotiators are meeting in Durban, South Africa beginning from November 28-December 9 to discuss the planet's changing climate.
Later this week, as I noted on Monday , the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meeting in Kampala, Uganda, will issue its report on ways to manage risks from extreme events in a changing climate . A few hours ago, I was able to catch Chris Field, a leader of the panel’s Working Group 2 focused on impacts and adaptation for a brief text chat on the challenges in this charged arena. Passions are heightened by extraordinary recent climate-related disasters and concerns in poor countries that they’re already being affected by a greenhouse-gas buildup mainly caused (so far) by rich countries.
Not too long ago, belief in climate science wasn't a political issue. Honestly! As recently as the 2008 U.S. presidential election, both the Democratic and Republican candidates professed belief in the threat of global warming, and each advanced policies designed to curb U.S. carbon emissions. Senator John McCain had even co-sponsored one of the first congressional bills to create a carbon cap-and-trade system. And it wasn't just McCain; Mitt Romney, runner-up for the GOP nomination last time around, supported a regional cap-and-trade program while he was governor of Massachusetts.