Issues / Environment
In this continuation of an FPIF debate on climate change, Hoff Stauffer argues that the Kyoto model is not going to make a dent in global warming. Stricter standards on factories, autos, and appliances is the better way to go.
persistent organic pollutants, environment, EPA, Stockholm Convention, Rotterdam Convention, pesticides, toxic chemicals, UNEP, PCBs
The United States is not just missing the boat on global warming. Washington's policy on toxic chemicals is also, well, toxic.
The World Bank backed down in a dispute that illustrates what's wrong with lending to poor nations for oil and gas production.
The coming years will undoubtedly witness intensive negotiations on global warming as concerns mount and the quantitative approach under the Kyoto Protocol makes little difference. As policy makers search for more effective and efficient ways to slow the trends, they should consider the fact that harmonized environmental taxes on carbon are powerful tools for coordinating policies and slowing climate change.
In the aftermath of the third- and fourth-most devastating hurricanes in Atlantic basin history, people are beginning to talk about the connections between extreme weather events and global warming.
Bush's proposal on oil doesn't go far enough.
Next steps to address climate change.
While melting ice caps and alarming shifts in ocean currents flashed across the headlines, little progress was made at December's climate change meetings.
We stand, first, with the emerging scientific consensus, which tells us we have very little time to act if we honestly expect to avoid a global (as opposed to a merely local) climate catastrophe.