Bangkok, Thailand -
03/31/2008 - Today, Angela Anderson, Director of the Pew Environment Group’s Global Warming Campaign, issued the following statement on the opening of the United Nations Bangkok climate talks, which mark the beginning of negotiations to create a new global treaty to reduce the threat of global warming. The meeting runs Monday, March 31- Friday, April 4, 2008.
“This week in Bangkok will be a success if the world sets an ambitious and rigorous plan for creating an agreement that all countries can ratify. But it must also be stringent enough to avoid global warming’s worst effects. If guided by the science, the agreement will aim to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius.
“Negotiators must lay out a path that will lead to agreement on emissions targets, clean technology deployment and adaptation. One of the breakthroughs in Bali was the agreement by developing countries to explore ways they could reduce emissions. Industrialized nations, including the United States, committed support to grow developing economies in ways that are less polluting. Now it is time to live up to that pledge.
“There is significant movement in the United States on climate change. President Bush proposed a fund for clean technologies that is too small, but is a step in the right direction. Most states have plans to reduce emissions, and the U.S. Senate is poised to impose a cap on greenhouse gases.
“The elections in November will bring a new President and a new approach to global warming. All three Presidential candidates have pledged support for a new international climate treaty. The work plan coming out of Bangkok should not be based on what the U.S. is willing to do today, but on what it may be willing to do next year.”
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