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 Climate and politics in the spotlight

The political impact of climate change in Australia and the United States is the focus of a collection of News Features in Nature this week.


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News: Climate and politics in the spotlight

The political impact of climate change in Australia and the United States is the focus of a collection of News Features in Nature this week.

In Australia, global warming is shaping up as a major campaign issue in the 24 November elections. John Howard, the prime minister who has refused to ratify the Kyoto protocol on climate change, is behind in opinion polls in the race against his Labor opponent Kevin Rudd, who has said he would ratify the agreement if elected. Observers have pegged climate as a defining issue between the two; the ongoing Australian drought perhaps continues to drive voters to think more about climate than they may have in the past.

In the United States, the presidential campaign is in full swing, although the election isn’t for another full year. The leading presidential candidates have come out with varying levels of statements supporting action on climate change. But what power will a new president have, come inauguration day on January 2009, to enact real change? Nature examines the role of the executive and what might be expected after a transition in power.

Also this week, read about what industry, legislative and policy experts have to say about climate legislation now underway in the US Congress – and what our columnist, policy expert David Goldston, predicts might go about becoming law.

The full articles mentioned above, along with the rest of the collection, are on the Nature PressSite on the page for 15 November issue.

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