2006 Year In Review E-Newsletter

In This Issue:


Looking Ahead to 2007

January 17-18, 2007
Washington, D.C.

Workshop and Conference with Point Carbon: "North America and The Carbon Markets"
This event is designed to facilitate learning about the developing international and domestic carbon market.

Conference information.


Top Stories from 2006

Momentum toward action on climate change in the U.S. grew to an all-time high during 2006 and we anticipate continued progress in 2007. Below we highlight some of the major events of the past year.

Progress Toward U.S. Federal Policy
---Elections
The 2006 elections have significantly improved the prospects of reasonable climate policy in the United States. Read the Pew Center's analysis of how the elections will impact U.S. climate policy.

---Congressional Proposals
During the 109th Congress (2005-2006), 103 bills, resolutions, and amendments specifically addressing global climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were introduced. Read summaries of all proposals.


States Take Action
---California Passes Landmark Legislation
California, the world's twelfth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, passes landmark legislation (AB 32) to cap all greenhouse gas emissions from major industries at 1990 levels by 2020.


International Dialogue Approaches Pivotal Time
---COP 12
Climate negotiators from around the world gathered in November for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Read about Pew's activities and its summary of COP 12.


Scientific Evidence of Human Role in Climate Change Grows
---Read a concise summary of the latest strong evidence that greenhouse gases released by human activities are the main cause of contemporary global warming (PDF).


Pew Center Highlights

The Pew Center continues to inform the climate change debate with current, credible information, including:

Federal Policy
---Pew Center's Agenda for Climate Action
In February, the Pew Center, based on years of policy research, released the first comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Read The Pew Center's Agenda for Climate Action.

---Congressional Hearings
The Pew Center testified before Congress five times in 2006 on topics ranging from the design of a mandatory GHG cap-and-trade system in the U.S. to climate science. View the Center's testimonies.

Growing Business Community Support for Regulatory Certainty
---Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change
On October 18, the Center released this report which serves as a "how to" guide for corporate decision makers as they navigate rapidly-changing global markets.

---Marsh, Inc. (the world's leading risk and insurance services firm) and Bank of America (one of the world's leading financial institutions) joined the BELC. Read about these companies.

---The Pew Center website now provides fresh information on climate change issues facing the business community. Visit the Business and Climate Resources site for news articles, reports by leading organizations, and a listing of business-climate events.


Climate Change 101
---A series of brief reports, published in conjunction with the Pew Center on the States, which provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change. Read the Climate Change 101 series.


Tracking of State Initiatives
---"Race to the Top: The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards"
The Pew Center reports on the growing trend among U.S. states to use renewable energy to provide electricity. Read the report.

---States news from across the US.

---Maps and table of state initiatives.


2006 Pew Research and Reports

Building Solutions to Climate Change – Policy In-Brief (November 2006)

Adaptation to Climate Change: International Policy Options (November 15, 2006)

Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change (October 18, 2006)

Agricultural & Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies (September 21, 2006)

Agriculture's Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (September 21, 2006)

Race to the Top: The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards (June 14, 2006)

Early Observations on the European Union's Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme: Insights for United States Policymakers (PDF) (April 19, 2006)

Agenda for Climate Action (February 8, 2006)