President Barack Obama gave a feisty speech to world leaders as the Paris climate talks got underway, urging the assembled politicians and climate experts to step up and craft a viable long-term strategy for addressing the climate crisis. "I've come here personally as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second-largest emitter to say that the United States not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it," Obama said.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie picked up the crucial endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday, breathing new life into his flagging campaign. The endorsement is a vindication of Christie's energetic campaign to win the backing of newspapers and GOP officials in the Granite State. "The Union Leader is the endorsement any Republican wants," says GOP activist Steve Duprey. "I think it particularly helps in this year when the field is so crowded."
President Barack Obama's administration created 3,000 new rules this year, requiring a record-breaking 81,400 pages of the Federal Register to explain them, according to an analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The regulations have cost a total of $4.88 billion, the group calculates.
Thanksgiving may be over, but for former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis turkey season is just beginning. For years, Dukakis has collected his neighbors' leftover turkey carcasses and made them into hearty soups over the months that follow. "Throwing out a turkey carcass is sinful. Absolutely sinful," Dukakis says. "It's a terrible thing to do."
UNICEF has released a report ahead of World AIDS Day on Tuesday that reveals HIV is the biggest killer of African adolescents. Most of those deaths are preventable, says Craig McClure, UNICEF associate director and chief of HIV and AIDS. Only one-third of HIV-positive children younger than 15 are receiving treatment.
Delegates to the United Nations climate talks today started the two-week process designed to yield a pact to reduce carbon emissions and limit the increase in global temperatures. One reason for optimism, Coral Davenport writes, is the agreement between leading polluters China and the US to cut emissions.
Global efforts to promote renewable energy and provide for technological cooperation between developed and developing countries will be necessary to address climate change, writes Jomo Kwame Sundaram of the Food and Agriculture Organization. He lists four elements that would encourage sustainable development and reduce carbon emissions.
Climate change is affecting farmers' livelihoods and ability to produce enough food, especially in poorer counties, says a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization. Just 4.2% of development funds spent between 2003 and 2012 went to agriculture, compared to a 10% goal set by the United Nations, the report says.
The World Bank today initiated a $500 million program to help poorer countries fight climate change. Four countries have already pledged $250 million for the program, known as the Transformative Carbon Asset Facility.
Negotiations for a transitional government in South Sudan could begin on Tuesday. Rebels say they'll be sending a 550-person contingent to the capital to start talks.
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