Climate Talks in Bali
For those who haven't been paying attention to the ongoing climate talks on the island of Bali, Indonesia, representatives from the US, Japan and a few other countries have been dragging their feet again in negotiations on a sucessor to the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012. Right now they're refusing to sign an agreement calling for industrialized nations to even consider cutting emissions by certain amounts by 2020, saying "specific targets would limit the scope of future talks". ("Gore blames US for blocking progress at UN climate conference in Bali" by Chris Brummit, AP) As a result, the UN warned that the talks were in danger of falling apart, and European nations have threatened to boycott President Bush's climate meeting next month if the US refuses to compromise. If you want to act in time to make a difference, check out the Avaaz.org site or go directly to http://www.avaaz.org/en/bali_emergency/ to sign an emergency petition.