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In this Issue:

Global Warming and Wild Weather

Why Wind Energy Deserves Support

The Promise of NEORI

and more...

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Nominations Open for Climate Leaders
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Climate Leadership Awards. The awards call national attention to exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Check out the application criteria.

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Mark Your Calendar C2ES is the program sponsor of Carbon Forum North America 2012, Oct. 1-2 in Washington, D.C. Eileen Claussen will be one of the keynote speakers providing insights on the state of carbon markets and policy.

Elliot Diringer takes part in a candid discussion about climate change messaging and action Sept. 18 at a conference, Cooling on Climate Change: Designing the Message, part of Climate Week NYC.

Steve Seidel unveils new C2ES case studies showing how government agencies are using information and communications technologies to save energy at the GreenGov Symposium, Sept. 24-26 in Washington, D.C.

 

C2ES In the News
NatGeo: The September issue of National Geographic cites C2ES Chief Scientist Jay Gulledge in its cover story on weather gone wild.

TV News: July was the hottest month on record in the contiguous United States. Dan Huber talks about weather vs. climate with Washington TV station WJLA.


The Candidates on Climate and Energy
With record heat and worsening drought underscoring the rising risks posed by climate change, what are the presidential candidates offering as solutions? The C2ES nonpartisan Voter Guide outlines side-by-side the actions and statements of President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney on key climate and energy issues, including greenhouse gas regulation, tougher fuel economy standards, the Keystone pipeline, and Arctic drilling.


US Capitol

Fuel Economy Rules a Victory for Climate Protection
Federal officials took a bold step in setting new auto fuel economy standards through the 2025 model year that will increase fuel economy of an average car up to 90 percent and cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent. This is the single biggest move by the federal government aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Because businesses have flexibility in how to achieve the goals, consumers get both choice and cost savings. Eileen Claussen praises the rules and Judi Greenwald explains the impact.

Weighing in on Wind Energy
The production tax credit has played a critical role in building the U.S. wind energy industry, offering clean electricity and jobs, and positioning U.S. manufacturers for a growing global market. Plus, wind energy is an important complement to natural gas in ensuring reliable, affordable electricity. Eileen Claussen explains in a blog post why the tax credit is worth continuing for now.

Congress Finally Reforms Flood Insurance
Congress took important steps to steer the National Flood Insurance Program toward solvency in a late June vote. Among them: ensuring that climate impact projections are factored into future calculations of flood risk. Dan Huber outlined these and other needed fixes in a recent policy brief.

More on US Policy


Two More Lows for Arctic Sea Ice
The loss of Arctic sea ice continues to serve as a clear indicator of global climate change. For the first time since 2007, both the sea ice extent and volume have set new record lows in the same year. And the melt season doesn’t usually end until mid-September, so we don’t know how low they’ll go. Jay Gulledge explains in a blog post.

Mapping Extreme Weather Across the U.S.
C2ES recently updated its online map providing an overview of extreme weather events since 1990 across the U.S. The map highlights the four types of extreme weather that scientists say are becoming more frequent and intense because of climate change: extreme heat, heavy precipitation, drought, and wildfires. Is global warming causing wild weather? Eileen Claussen tells the National Journal: “Yes, and there is plenty we can do about it."

Senate Gets Back to Science
The Senate held its first hearing on climate science in three years. In a series of blog posts, C2ES weighs in on the science pointing to climate change, the steps companies and governments are already taking to adapt, and the takeaways from the hearing.

More on Science and Impacts


 

C2ES Makes an Impact at NJ Alcoa Plant
The Make an Impact team had a long day (starting at 3 a.m.!) educating Alcoa workers in Dover, N.J., about energy efficiency and sustainability at home. Read about the team's experience and the Daily Record's Page One story.

Get in the Game
Katie Mandes discovered at a White House summit on sustainability in professional sports that the competition is on to be not only the best, but also the greenest.

More from Make an Impact


The Promise of NEORI
Eileen Claussen and Judi Greenwald have an in-depth conversation (read parts one and two) with the Global CCS Institute on the potential of carbon capture, utilization, and storage to increase domestic oil production and decrease greenhouse gases. See the recommendations of C2ES’s National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative.

More on Technology




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