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States And Cities Attack Climate Change From The Bottom Up

12/01/10 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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The climate bill is dead, at least for now. And there is no expectation that an international treaty will be negotiated this year in Cancun, where the 13th annual UN conference on climate change started Monday. But while Congress and the international community are balking, a number of states and cities are taking matters into their own hands - capping greenhouse gas emissions, pursuing renewable energy and regulating building codes and land use. We talk to Jeffrey Wennberg, the program director for the Center for Climate Strategies and a former commissioner of environmental conservation for Vermont, and Pat Parenteau, a professor of law at Vermont Law School, about the successes, the potential and the limits of this bottom-up approach to climate change.

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Also on the program, Canadian legislators are currently debating a copyright bill that would significantly update how consumers and other users are allowed to use copyrighted material like music, video games, and ebooks. Reworking the copyright laws in Canada could have a far-ranging impact in a digital landscape that crosses international borders. We talk to David Lametti, an associate professor of law at McGill University in Montreal who specializes in intellectual property policy, about the bill and its possible implications.

 

And for World AIDS Day, an Essex Junction resident and Vermont CARES volunteer shares his story of living with HIV. 

 

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Ken volunteering at Vermont CARES.

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