Climate change - who cares?

October 27, 2009

Climate change is once again becoming a big deal in the news, and not because a deal is about to be agreed upon.
In fact, it's because a global agreement to fight climate change is falling apart, nearly two months before the conference to reach that agreement in Copenhagen in December.
It seems no one is optimistic a follow-up to Kyoto will be signed there.
And even more alarming for many, interest in the issue is waning.
Media coverage of the climate change debate has grown more intense as the Copenhagen conference draws near. And yet now, our correspondent Michael Colton reports that interest in the issue in the United States is "a bit like the weather here in Washington. It seems to come and go."
A new poll by CNN says climate change is dividing the United States politically. Young people welcome climate change action. Old people don't.
Barack Obama is frustrated. It's a case of pessimism trumping hope and change.
Here in Canada, Environment Minister Jim Prentice said earlier this month that a deal at the Copenhagen conference is unlikely. Canada has been harshly criticised for missing its Kyoto targets by a wide margin, largely because of the development of the Alberta oil sands, something the New York Times writes about today.
You can also get all sorts of background at our climate change page.

David Michael Lamb

David Michael Lamb

Senior Producer, World Report.