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Donald F. Boesch: December 2009
President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Donald F. Boesch: December 2009

Donald F. Boesch, an oceanographer, is president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability for the University System of Maryland.

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Being realistic

At the close of the Copenhagen Conference, I commented that the Copenhagen Accord reflected a lost opportunity, largely because the negotiations between two largest greenhouse gas emitters, the U.S. and China, were too little too late. With a holiday respite to clear the mind and a return of realism to balance my disappointment, this is how I now see it.

By Donald F. Boesch | December 30, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too little, too late

By any objective measure the three-page Copenhagen Accord that the Conference failed to approve but simply "to take note" of has to be viewed as a lost opportunity.

By Donald F. Boesch | December 19, 2009; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Common but different responsibilities

The sharing of reductions of greenhouse gas emissions among nations is challenging because the emissions are so disproportionate.

By Donald F. Boesch | December 18, 2009; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

What planet are they on?

I am in Maryland, not Copenhagen, but I am wondering whether anyone at COP15, other than the Saudi Arabian negotiator, is paying any attention at all to the Climategate/Swifthack (take your pick) e-mail controversy that has obsessed the media here.

By Donald F. Boesch | December 11, 2009; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (20)

A finding based on inescapable evidence

In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are a pollutant subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act and ordered the EPA to re-examine its refusal to limit the emissions of these gases from vehicles.

By Donald F. Boesch | December 10, 2009; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Yes, no, maybe so

Perhaps the biggest challenge faced by the negotiators in Copenhagen will be how to weave together this veritable Babel of approaches into whole cloth in a way that can then be transitioned to binding commitments.

By Donald F. Boesch | December 2, 2009; 04:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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