Saturday, November 19, 2005
Science reported that Sen. Stevens introduced legislation to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act last week. Both the Pew Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy urged dramatic changes to address the failure of the Act to effectively prevent over-fishing and to effectively manage the marine ecosystem. In September, NOAA proposed legislation.
Stevens's bill establishes a formal peer review process for the advice provided by scientific advisory panels of regional fisheries management councils. The panels provide data on sustainable yields, health of fish stocks, and risks of accidentally catching protected species. The new bill also specifically directs the regional councils to consider the panels' scientific advice when determining sustainable fish quotas.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today
the release of a major new report outlining options and recommendations
for advancing the international climate change effort post-2012.
The report is from the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, a group of
25 senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries
convened by the Pew Center. The report was formally launched at an event
yesterday in the hearing room of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
hosted by Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.
(D-Delaware), the committee's Chairman and Ranking Minority Member.
At the event,Senators Lugar and Biden also announced the introduction of a
Sense of the Senate resolution calling for the United States
to participate in negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change
to establish mitigation commitments by all major emitting countries.
For information on the Pocantico dialogue and report,
and on the Lugar-Biden Climate Change resolution,
please visit Pew Climate Change
The new Pocantico report also will be the focus of
"Beyond 2012 - A High-Level Forum,"
a side event at COP 11/MOP 1 in Montreal
featuring an exchange of views among Ministers and senior business and NGO leaders.
The event will take place at 1-3 pm on Wednesday, December 7,
in the Palais des Congrès.