Natural Security News

  • July 8, 2009
  • Seth Andre Myers, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Research Intern

BBC News reports that an international group of academics has recommended that world leaders ditch current policies related to climate change due to continued failures, and completely redesign their strategies moving forward. And although this probably was not exactly what the academics had in mind, Reuters reports that the world’s biggest polluting nations have agreed to drop their goal to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that European nations, while happy about the progress the United States has made on setting climate goals, fear that the United States and China will reach an independent climate deal on their own. Finally, a new study has concluded that geoengineering will be largely ineffective in reducing CO2 levels and ocean acidification. In energy news, billionaire T. Boone Pickens has called off a $10 billion plan to build the world’s largest wind farm. And, while attacks continue in the Niger Delta, crude oil prices have fallen for a sixth day.