Will Hot Words at U.N. Climate Summit Be Enough to Cool the Planet?
ABC News, September 24, 2007

"Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger told world leaders at the United Nations that climate
change is a global challenge that requires immediate action. Appearing
at the request of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, they joined over
80 heads of state in the largest gathering of world leaders to address
the topic.

Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, warned world leaders at
Monday's summit that millions of people are at risk of losing access to
water as glaciers melt. Food scarcity will also become a major concern
if crops that humans depend on are affected by climate change as well,
he said.

The U.N. Secretary General, who called climate change a defining issue
of this era, organized Monday's summit with hopes that it would
galvanize world leaders to think about a plan of action to deal with
global warming during December talks in Bali. Nations will have to think
of a new policy to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

While today's meetings on climate change didn't produce any legislation
or policies, experts point out that high-level talks held by the United
Nations have historically put issues on the forefront of the
international agenda."

Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
P.O. Box 110960                         E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
Campus location: Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (Bldg. 246).
BioEnergy and Sustainable Technology Society