In This Issue:
CLIMATE CHANGE: THE POLITICAL CHALLENGES
Eileen Claussen recently spoke at Stanford University's Sustainability Days Conference. She talked about the continuing political struggle between those who believe we need to act decisively to meet the challenge of climate change and those who resist change, and offered a plan for moving forward. Read her speech.
INDUCED TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE AND CLIMATE POLICY: NEW REPORT
While technological change occurs naturally as companies compete in the marketplace, climate policies can spur additional or "induced" technological change (ITC). "Induced Technological Change and Climate Policy" explores the use of ITC in climate policy, using state-of-the-art economic modeling and analysis.
INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL, AND STATE EMISSIONS TARGETS
A comprehensive look at emissions targets for quick reference and comparison (August 2004)
HURRICANES AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Is there a connection between the recent hurricane activity and global warming? Some are suggesting the 2004 hurricane season is unprecedented, but is it? Get the facts on hurricanes and global warming.
NEW ACTION AT THE STATE LEVEL
States are taking action to reduce GHG emissions:
The California Air Resources Board voted to implement legislation passed in 2002 to require that that tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles be reduced by 22 percent by the 2012 model year and 30 percent by the 2016 model year. (September 2004)
States litigate for utility emissions reductions. Eight states and New York City filed a lawsuit that seeks to force five utilities to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. (July 2004)
Learn more about these and other steps taken at the state level.
"Observed Impacts of Climate Change in Natural Systems in the United States"
Release Date: November 10, 2004