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Obama set to reinvigorate climate-change talks

Under Barack Obama, the US will introduce its own cap-and-trade greenhouse-gas emissions scheme and take centre stage in international climate talks, writes Tom Nicholls

"GLOBAL warming is real, is happening now and is the result of human activities." Unlike President George Bush, who prevaricated on the subject of global warming and international climate policy, Barack Obama's position is unequivocal: his election manifesto includes commitments to cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, introducing a domestic cap-and-trade scheme and investing in renewables (see box). Obama has also promised that the US will take a "leadership role" within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 1994 international treaty that established a structure for intergovernmental efforts to combat climate change. As a result, his victory in last month's US pres

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