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Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
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What Can Obama Truly Deliver? Depends on "The Climate in the Senate"--A ScienceInsider Web Feature
16 December 2009 1:32 pm
When President Barack Obama addresses delegates in Copenhagen on Friday, will his promises about U.S. emissions cuts be credible? Bolstered by climate legislation passed by a narrow margin in the House of Representatives in June, Obama will say he hopes to cut U.S. emissions by 17% by 2020. But that would require similar action in the Senate, where success requires 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber.
In a special Web feature appearing today, “The Climate in the Senate," ScienceInsider explores the political prospects for passing climate legislation next year, and the factors that might restrict Obama's ability to deliver on his pledge. The package features a graphic that shows the difficult arithmetic facing cap-and-trade supporters seeking to get 60 votes. It contains interviews with three senators considered key swing votes and a fourth almost definite supporter. There are also miniprofiles of other key senators, and an analysis of the even more daunting task of gaining 67 votes in the Senate to ratify any treaty that the international community may adopt next year.