ABSTRACT

From L'Aquila to Copenhagen: Climate Change and Vulnerable Societies, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Sesson, July 23, 2009   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Eni F.H. Faleomavaega: "There seems to be a common thread leading on the very issue of climate change. You are talking about population situations. You are talking about whether or not the sciences still hold up to some of the criticisms that have been raised or concerns of whether or not there really is a climate change issue occurring. So this afternoon, since the time that, we have moved on to the new administration. It was just recently that the Waxman-Markey bill, H.R. 2454, was recently passed in the House. And in that bill contains some attention given to the international recognition of the problem. It isn't just the United States but all countries in the world. I just want to say that climate change presents an enormous threat to every country and every region of the world. Rising temperatures and sea levels, decreasing supplies of fresh water, and increasing frequency in severity of hurricanes and other weather events have already had a significant negative impact on the physical and the biological environment, and on human health. In terms of national security, climate change has been termed a threat accelerant, which may turn existing instabilities into open conflicts. The most serious impacts are coming, and sooner than even the most pessimistic predictions made by the world's best scientists." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Karl, Kemal Dervis, Anthony Janetos, David Wheeler, Redmond Clark, Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, Donald A. Manzullo, and Diane E. Watson.

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2009
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