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Data or Dogma? A Senate hearing on the human impact on climate change

Hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

In the context of the Paris Climate Conference COP21 the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness of the U.S. Senate held a hearing on the matter. On December 8 2015 Senator Ted Cruz chaired a hearing with the title “Data or Dogma? Promoting Open Inquiry in the Debate over the Magnitude of Human Impact on Earth’s Climate”. The Republican Majority invited four witnesses to testify about the existence of climate change and its impact. more…

January 5, 2016

USA: The European Partner in Crisis

Aware of the success of the transatlantic partnership, the U.S. values a strong, coherent European role in the enforcement of its foreign policy interests. The U.S. is therefore currently looking on with worry at a Europe that not only seems to be struggling with challenges such as the refugee crisis or the Ukraine conflict but is even in danger of becoming destabilized by them. more…

Dr. Lars Hänsel, Nikolas Ott | International Reports | December 30, 2015

The Paris Agreement and the Future of International Climate Policy

U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE TODD STERN REFLECTS ON THE OUTCOME OF THE 2015 U.N. PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE

On December 12, 2015, 195 countries reached a historic international climate agreement in Paris. Universally applicable and lasting in nature, the deal provides a framework for the future of international action against climate change. Making his first public appearance since the agreement was finalized, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern reviewed the Paris agreement at the Center for American Progress on December 15, 2015. The discussion was moderated by Pete Ogden, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. more…

December 23, 2015

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives host an unofficial session on the merits of TPP

INVESTMENT CHAPTER OF THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IS FOCUS OF THE DISCUSSION

A series on “Trading Views: Real Debates on Key Issues in TPP” is being organized by Democratic members of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. These unofficial sessions are intended to provide a forum for discussion with invited experts to shed light on the recently completed negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The session on December 2, 2015, focused on the legal implications of the treaty’s investment chapter. Sander Levin (D-MI) is the ranking member of the committee and hosts these sessions. more…

December 17, 2015

European Court of Justice endangers transatlantic data flow

U.S. CONGRESS SOLICITED TESTIMONY FROM EXPERTS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD

On October 6th, 2015 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided to invalidate the Safe Harbor Agreement between the United States and the European Union: The reason is the insufficient protection of EU citizen’s data in the United States. In reaction to the ruling the U.S. Congress held two hearings on November 3rd, 2015. more…

November 30, 2015