Climate News Roundup

Man causing climate change — poll — BBB News. On average, 79% of respondents to the BBC survey of 22,000 people in 21 countries agreed that “human activity, including industry and transportation, is a significant cause of climate change.” Some two-thirds said “it is necessary to take major steps starting very soon.” Full report here.Improving the Environment to Benefit Latinos — Center for American Progress. “According to the American Lung Association, 80 percent of Latinos live in counties that do not meet at least one federal air quality standard as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This compares to only 57 percent of whites and 65 percent of African Americans.”Banks Urging U.S. to Adopt the Trading of Emissions — New York Times. Some of the world’s leading banks — Citigroup, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank, “will urge the United States and other industrial nations this week to move quickly to introduce a lightly regulated system for trading carbon emissions permits.” As for the safety valve, “Price caps should play a very limited role in the system,” said Gia Schneider, a vice president for carbon markets at Credit Suisse, which is a member of the lobbying group. “Such policies could lead to market distortions and stymie efforts to raise enough capital to fund new energy technologies such as windmills and solar power.”

U.N. Chief Urges Immediate Climate Action — New York Times. ‘’The need to act is now,’’ Al Gore told delegates to the one-day UN summit. As for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

‘’One responsibility we all have is action. Action, action, action,’’ the former Hollywood action star said as he helped open the summit, winning warm applause from the assembled presidents and premiers.

UN is best for climate talks, poor nations say — International Herald Tribune. On Bush’s summit, to start today: “The world has been asked to Washington to discuss this issue this week,” said Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). “But it is a little bit like being invited to a prayer breakfast with a group of fellow believers, but the meeting is hosted by an atheist.”