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FEB.2012

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Clean Energy Standard - Let's Start Talking

Weather on Steroids

Climate Leadership Conference

and more...

Center for Climate and Energy SolutionsVisit our facebook pageFollow us on TwitterConnect with us on LinkedIn Federal Agencies & Climate Adaptation
An update to our 2010 report, Climate Change Adaptation: What Federal Agencies Are Doing, provides new insight into how agencies are incorporating climate adaptation into their decision making. Read more. See more publications

Slowing the Pace of Climate Change
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced a new international coalition aimed at reducing short-lived climate pollutants, such as methane, soot, and hydroflurorocarbons. Targeted efforts to reduce these short-lived pollutants can moderate climate impacts in the near term while we work toward the longer-term strategies needed to rein in carbon dioxide emissions, said Eileen Claussen. Read about how the U.S. can lead on this issue and a new C2ES fact sheet outlining policy options to strength the U.S. effort.


Capturing Carbon
With fossil fuels playing a central role in powering the global economy for decades to come, carbon capture and storage (CCS) represents the only option to substantially reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and industrial facilities. A new C2ES report provides a first-ever comprehensive framework for calculating CO2 reductions from CCS projects. By offering a common accounting platform for policymakers and project developers, the report provides an important technical foundation for crafting policies to advance this critical technology. Read more>

More Energy & Technology News


Make an Impact at March Madness!
C2ES is teaming up with Entergy Corporation to encourage 3,000 volunteers at the NCAA Final Four Championship to take low-carbon pledges and save energy in their daily lives. The NCAA is making sustainability a hallmark of the Final Four, to be held in New Orleans from March 30 to April 1. The C2ES-Entergy partnership is part of Make an Impact, which works with leading companies to engage their employees in efforts to reduce energy use and protect the planet. Read more>

More from Make an Impact


US Capitol Let the Conversation Begin
With Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) soon introducing a bill to require electric utilities to get more of their supply from “clean energy” sources, Manik Roy reflects on the history of the “clean energy standard” idea and why it’s a conversation worth getting started. Read more>

More Federal News


Juicing Up the Weather
In an effort to better explain the connection between climate change and extreme weather, the National Center for Atmospheric Research released a video likening a baseball batter on steroids to the "doping" of the atmosphere with manmade CO2. Just as a single home run is not caused by steroids, a single weather event is not caused by climate change, Dan Huber writes. But climate change does increase the likelihood of more extreme weather events, and we must learn to manage those risks.

More Science & Impacts News


RGGI Enters Second Phase
The nine Northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) launched a second commitment period with steps to reduce the number of available emission allowances. Read more>

More U.S. States & Regions News


Reflections on DC Auto Show
In the past four years, the auto industry has undergone dramatic changes. With gas prices 25 percent higher than in 2011, auto makers are adapting their product lines to the new environment and cooperating more closely with regulators, writes Nick Nigro. Read more>

More from the C2ES blog


Climate Leadership Conference
The first annual Climate Leadership Conference, taking place Feb. 29-March 1 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, features more than 50 speakers, including White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, and Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan. Register now.

VERGE DC
Learn how a new wave of technological change is revolutionizing business sustainability at GreenBiz's VERGE DC, March 14-16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Arlington. Learn more>

More Business News


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