Policy makers look at climate change issues before next round of international talks


  • Randy Showstack


Eileen Claussen thinks the next round of major international negotiations on climate change may be able to make progress on some of the outstanding technical and political questions. But she doubts that a number of details, including the controversial issue of allowing countries to receive credits for carbon sequestration in so-called “sinks” such as agricultural and forest land, will be resolved satisfactorily this year. “The question is, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it count against your Kyoto target?” asked Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, referring to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. Claussen spoke at the Earth Technologies Forum, a conference on climate change and ozone protection, held in Washington, D.C. on October 30.