28 major US companies call on Obama to lead push at Copenhagen for targeted emissions cuts & finance from rich countries

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15 December 2009

In Letter to Obama, Leading US Businesses Call for Leadership at Copenhagen

Author: SolveClimate

More than two dozen of the United States' most prominent...companies sent a letter to President Obama today urging...[him] to take a leadership role when he arrives in Copenhagen...and secure a robust international climate agreement. "This agreement has to include significant near- and long-term emissions reductions targets and strong finance provisions, with a substantial commitment of new long-term finance from developed nations, including the United States," the companies write. The letter's signers include Nike, Dow Chemical, Microsoft and Ingersoll Rand, as well as power providers Northern Grid, PG&E and PSEG [Public Service Enterprise Group]. [full list of signatories: Aspen Skiing Company, Ben & Jerry’s (part of Unilever), Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Clif Bar, eBay, Eileen Fisher, Gap, GroSolar, Jones Lang LaSalle, Jupiter Oxygen, Levi Strauss, MissionPoint Capital, Seventh Generation, Solazyme, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Starbucks, Stonyfield Farm, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, The North Face (part of VF Corp), Timberland]

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14 December 2009

Robinson: Lack of climate deal 'will spark civil unrest'

Author: Interview of Mary Robinson by Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, EurActiv

Civil unrest will grow in the coming years unless heads of state and government show political leadership to stop climate change, said Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Irish president, in an interview... "Many people still don't understand that human rights struggles are more than just about prisoners of conscience or fighting against torture, that we also must understand the importance of economic and social rights: the right to food, safe water, health and education. In our work in African countries in the last 3-4 years, I have seen how climate change has affected negatively these human rights."

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