Why is Queen Elizabeth's entourage going to call on NASA, not at a Texas or Florida space center, but a Maryland climate modeling lab ? Certainly not to argue with Jim Hansen. How about a bit of off-season lame duck shooting ?
Hot shot Prince Phillip has long been the Green's big gun as head of the World Wildlife Fund. Given the militancy of the Royal Society, and the passionate speech of Britain's former Environment and present Foreign Minister at the UN two weeks ago , more heated words on climate policy may be forthcoming as part of the state visit agenda - a lot of international moves social and diplomatic are afoot to pressure the Bush administration on the climate science front.
Back in the EU , German leader Angela Merkel is making much of her recent meeting with President Bush, and getting him to acquiesce to a major agreement on climate change would boost her popularity at home still further. Andrew Curry reports in The Spectator that the German press was thrilled that Merkel got Bush to concede human activity contributs to climate change , though "there were no hints of a hoped-for new agreement on greenhouse gases, the meeting was an important chance for Merkel to scope Bush out." He expects a concerted efforted to convince the Bush administration to commit on climate change. Doing so would establish Merkel's EU leadership position before Sarkozy and Blair's successors can make their moves,
Expect fallout from whatever HM & Co say at NASA Goddard at the seaside Heiligendamm G8 conference next month. It's in climate change photo-op country , on Merkel's low-lying green home turf in Mecklenburg.