Lessons From Glasgow Climate Summit

The Council on Foreign Relations, a respected observer, summarizes the summit findings in an authoritative essay entitled: “What the Summit Did and Did Not Accomplish”. Its summary: Would you consider COP26 a success?  The quick response, according to the CFR, was blunt: “Yes, but barely.”  The recently-concluded summit, it said, “delivered on its primary goal…

Climate Change: It’s High Time To Act

At a landmark global summit in Glasgow this week, world leaders must reckon with and take specific steps to curb global warming. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently described the crisis: “We have reached a tipping point in the need for climate action. The disruption to our climate and our planet is already worse than we…

Glasgow Climate Change Summit: Prospects

On October 31, representatives of around 200 countries are set to gather in Scotland for an annual U.N. conference on climate change. Central to their debate:  progress on limiting global warming in the 2020s. There is a growing popular consensus that there’s not a minute to lose in making such reforms.  President Biden told the…

Climate Change: A Grim Update

A U.S. State Department report, “The Climate Crisis; Working Together for Future Generations,” sums it all up: “Bold action to tackle the climate crisis is more urgent than ever.  The record-breaking heat, floods, storms and drought, and wildfires devastating communities around the world underscore the grave risks we also face. “Through our actions at home…

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U.S. Takes Lead on Climate Change with Virtual Summit

At a two-day Washington virtual summit April 22-23, President Biden urged the 40 participating nations to counter the problem of increasing planetary pollution seriously and with the urgency that crisis demands. One approach:  what philanthropist Bill Gates describes as huge new public and private investment in innovation globally to avoid catastrophic climate change.  “Just using…

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1. FACTS ABOUT THE “LEAN” PUBLIC DIPLOMACY BUDGET: The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) has released an important report that is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of public diplomacy as practiced today by the State Department and the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Called 2020 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy…

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Climate Change: Why It’s Urgent Now

So far, the top issue for the new Biden Administration combining foreign and domestic policy is climate change. And it’s no wonder. Ice caps encircling the North and South Poles are receding rapidly. Their melting is causing all oceans globally to rise threatening vulnerable cities in all continents with inundation beginning within a decade or…

Climate Change: Fresh Initiatives in 2021?

In a lead editorial entitled “The Plague Year,” The Economist minces no words: “Like the COVID-19 endemic, climate change is impervious to populace denials, global in the destruction it causes and will be far more costly to deal with in the future if it is neglected now. “Something good can come from the misery of…