Worldwatch Senior Researcher Brian Halweil and Environmental Defense's Glenda Neff sound off on New York's best hope for salvaging the farm bill in Sunday's New York Times.
Whether you’re a farmer or, more likely, just someone who eats food, you should be disappointed with the farm bill, the five-year, multibillion-dollar piece of legislation being debated in the Senate. Luckily for New Yorkers, their best hope of salvaging it may lie with their state senator, Charles Schumer.
After years of denial, the U.S. White House-sponsored summit on climate change ended Friday with President George W. Bush admitting that global warming was real and humans were responsible and asking for heads of state to join him at yet another summit next year (when his presidency ends).
It's doubtful if anyone of consequence will attend that future gab-fest since President Bush continues to push voluntary cuts to greenhouse gas emissions when the rest of the world, including much of the business sector, has already said that approach simply doesn't work.
"President Bush has so little credibility on climate change," said Chris Flavin, president of the Worldwatch Institute, a U.S.-based environmental group.
More wood was removed from forests in 2005 than ever before, one of many troubling environmental signs highlighted on Thursday in the Worldwatch Institute's annual check of the planet's health.
The Washington-based think tank's "Vital Signs 2007-2008" report points to global patterns ranging from rising meat consumption to Asian economic growth it says are linked to the broader problem of climate change.