Daily Focus

Canada Won't Change Climate Goals

July 10, 2009

by AQ Online

G8 leaders meeting in Italyagreed this week that average global temperatures should not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) from pre-industrial times. But Group of Eight member Canada said it will not adjust its plan to combat global warming, despite the fact that it falls short of the new commitment.

Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice called his country’s planned reduction of 70 percent by 2050 “realistic,” in contrast to the G8’s number of 80 percent, given “the climate we have, the industrial base we have, our population growth.”

Data collected in 2007 placed Canada as the seventh largest annual emitter of CO2 gases, and a recent study by the German insurer Allianz has found that among major economies they, along with Russia, are making the least progress in combating climate change. In light of this, and the United States’ newfound commitment to reducing emissions, Canada has assumed “bad boy” status among the G8 countries, according to Bloomberg.

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Daily Focus: Argentine Judge Freezes Assets of Former President Carlos Menem

June 4, 2009

by AQ Online

An Argentine judge has ruled that former President and current Senator Carlos Menem used funds slotted for national security improvements to overpay government employees, and froze over 100 million pesos ($26.5 million) on his assets.

It is only the latest legal trouble for Menem, who in November 2008 was charged with authorizing the sale of rifles, anti-tank rockets and other weapons to Croatia and Ecuador between 1991 and 1995. Menem, president from 1989 to 1999, claims that the shipments were destined for Panama and Venezuela: legal sales given those nations’ peaceful status at the time.

In both cases, Menem faced little threat of jail time, given the arrest-immunity for current senators.

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