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Science Policy Around the Web – January 26, 2014

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By: Jennifer Seedorff

photo credit: Cat Sidh via photopin cc

photo credit: Cat Sidh via photopin cc

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

Gore Joins UN Backing EU’s 2030 Climate Plan – The European Commission has released its 2030 energy and climate change proposals, including a binding reduction in carbon emissions to 40% below 1990 levels and a non-binding increase to 27% in the share of energy generated from renewable sources.  Environmental groups have strongly criticized the proposal as being too weak to meaningfully impact global warming, and are particularly disappointed by the switch to non-binding renewable energy targets. However, former Vice President Al Gore and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have a more optimistic view of the proposal. Gore said that the Commission “actually moved aggressively forward adopting a binding target for a 40% reduction in carbon”, while Ban said that the Commission’s proposal “has started the ball rolling” for future rounds of climate negotiations.   (Alex Morales)

FDA to Revise Nutrition Facts Labels – Food labels have not dramatically changed over the last twenty years, but knowledge about nutrition and dietary recommendations have changed. The FDA has been working on revised guidelines for food labels for the last decade and has sent its proposed guidelines to the White House, although a release date has not yet been announced. Some of the possible changes to food labels include: modifying the labels to highlight the amount of added sugars; adding the percentage of whole wheat in a food; using units of measurements, which are familiar to US consumers; changing serving sizes to reflect the amount of food typically consumed by a consumer in a single-sitting or including both per serving and per container nutritional content; removing the amount of calories from fat; and moving some nutritional information to the front of packages to make it easier for consumers to find.  (The Associated Press, Mary Clare Jalonick)

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January 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

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