Guardian behind openDemocracy, as usual

3 May 2005
Today's Guardian follows five days behind the 28 April edition of openDemocracy in publishing Aubrey Mayer on urgency of political action on climate change (see here).

In his Guardian essay, Aubrey Meyer calls on Tony Blair to act, but in his first piece, published on openDemocracy, Aubrey Meyer appeals to the logic of a far higher power: the US Senate. The latter's Byrd-Hagel resolution, Aubrey Meyer argues, leads will-he, nill-he, to contraction and convergence.

But, writing in the openDemocracy forum, Benito Mueller warns against chosing strange bedfellows (see here for a previous Mueller intervention on openDemocracy).

Yesterday, the main editorial in The Observer (the Guardian's sister paper) argued that the politics of climate change is one of the most important issues facing the international community (see here). Much of the editorial follows quite closely the arguments in a 21 April post in this blog.

The Guardian also features the Green MEP Caroline Lucas ("the Green party doesn't expect to form the government on May 6", she writes. Oh, really?).

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