Global leaders from nearly 200 nations have begun climate change talks at the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen. A major goal of the meetings is to develop an international framework for lowering the amount of greenhouse gas emissions to which both developing and industrialized nations can agree. Additionally, conferees must consider the future of global climate cooperation post-Kyoto Treaty, which expires in 2012. Warwick McKibbin notes that finding common ground will be difficult but says it must be done.
[On the politics of climate impacts in the U.S.] The political alignment around climate impacts is almost the exact opposite of the political alignment around emissions control.
[On the geographic distribution of climate impacts in the U.S.] The damages to the Republican-electing congressional districts is almost double what it is for the Democratic-voting districts.