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Will the U.S. be Left Behind in International Climate Legislation?

On October 1st from 1:30-2:30 the Humphrey Institute will host Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Ambassador to the United States. He comes to the Institute on the eve of a United Nations summit that will craft a new global climate pact among 100 of the world's leaders on global climate change. He will discuss the agreement that is expected to be proposed and discussed this December at COP15 which will replace the expiring provisions of the Kyoto Protocol.

Already in the making, China appears willing to join the European Union as a leader in the reduction of greenhouse gases. China has already said that its aims at having 15% renewable energy by 2020 and has committed to leapfrog over the US in adapting more high efficiency vehicles and domestic energy sources along with closing some of the countries dirtiest plants.

The U.S. had preciously rejected the Kyoto Protocol with one of the reasons being that it did not include China or India. This round may be different and the U.S. risks being left behind in adoption and advancement of new technology. This could have significant impact on the future of the U.S. economy and its ability to compete. Thus it is important that we all be involved in pushing this discussion.

The Danish government gets the business advantage of climate friendly products. They have created the "Climate Consortium Denmark" which is leading business related activities prior to the UN Climate Change Conference. It is a private-public partnership that aims to promote Danish technological solutions in the cleantech area. The Danish government believes that it can be a major exporter of energy and other technology and they are trying to draw attention the achievements of their industries and universities. One in three of the world's windmills is produced in Denmark. They are also a leader in carbon reducing technologies, biogas technology and agricultural production that are climate friendly.

Some of the world policy suggestions also include putting climate change education into school curriculum and incorporating civic society organizations.

Come hear more about what the world can do and should do. In the mean time, since finding solutions for global climate change is so important COP15 has created a forum for people that have ideas and information to summit their solutions. Share your climate change thoughts with the world. Or just test your climate knowledge with the climate quiz.

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