Now that federally-funded researchers, government and academic, are no longer pulling their punches, the questions arises: what now? Will the national government act? What'll happen? There's a proposed energy and climate bill before the House of Representatives. Named for two Congressmen sponsoring the bill, it's the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Here's a radio show on the complexity of that bill. It doesn't look like the U.S. will get a new law on global warming prior to the Copenhagen conference this December. That's the big showdown to come up with agreement to pick up where Kyoto Protocol expires. And without a major new law, the U.S.will have little political leverage to get India and China to here out with curtailing emissions. [poll id="146"] GLOBAL WARMING GLOBAL DISAGREEMENT? There is clear evidence that the U.S. and China bi-lateral agreement or disagreement will be crucial for what does or does not happen internationally on global warming. There is precious little agreement at the lower levels where talks are now taking place. The next big date in global warming verbosity: the G8 meeting next month in July. Africa is already the site of recurring famines. A new study of global warming on that continent says it will only get worse and more extreme. That could lead to more Somali-style failed states.