"The Obama administration's top climate change scientists will unveil a report on Tuesday that details the impact of global warming on the United States and argues for fast action against it."
"A dispute is heating up over the role of farms and forests in climate legislation."
"Federal officials are struggling to calculate the fiscal impact that climate change could have on the nation's troubled public flood insurance program, amid predictions of intensifying downpours and more potent hurricanes."
"The world's richest countries and those that are developing fastest need to lead the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy to stave off the worst effects of climate change, science academies from these nations said on Thursday."
THE WEATHER MAKERS
By Tim Flannery
Atlantic Monthly Press, $25
Reviewed by JIM MOTAVALLI
"Japan, a major emitter of greenhouse gases and an important player in the global warming debate, announced Wednesday that by 2020 it intended to reduce emissions 15 percent from 2005 levels -- a goal immediately criticized as inadequate by environmentalists and industry officials."
The US and China opened talks June 8, 2009, in hopes of making a breakthrough on climate change -- but the question of who will shoulder major responsibility remains unresolved.
"Some of the world's largest airlines called on Tuesday for the industry to set global emissions targets as part of efforts to include aviation in a broader climate agreement at the end of the year."