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  •        Roadmap for U.S.-China CollaborationOver 50 of the world's leading scientists, China experts, political and business leaders recommend immediate action to create a new, groundbreaking collaboration between the U.S. and China to address the urgent issue of climate change. Common Challenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change, produced by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, provides the Obama administration a new policy roadmap for immediate action with China.More about China and climate changeClimate Change 101sUpdated BriefsA new edition of Pew's popular 101 series incorporates the most recent information on climate change and major developments in the climate field.Visit the Climate Change 101 page to download the entire series or individual briefs.State NewsRGGI Starts First Compliance Period On January 1, 2009, the first compliance period of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) began.  Through RGGI, ten Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states will first stabilize CO2 emission levels in the power sector and then reduce CO2 emission levels 10 percent by 2019.Illinois Coal-Emission LawOn January 12, 2009, the governor of Illinois signed legislation to reduce emissions from coal power plants. More state and regional news Markets & BusinessBusiness 101The updated brief discusses steps businesses are taking within their companies and in the policy arena to address climate change. More Markets & Business InformationReporting on ClimateMedia CritiqueTime magazine contributor Eric Pooley examines media coverage of climate change in a paper that looks at reporting of the economic debate. Next MonthCarbon Capture & SequestrationPublic WorkshopsMarch 5 in New York CityMarch 6 in Washington, DCThe Pew Center is co-sponsoring two workshops exploring issues related to carbon capture & sequestration (CCS).  U.S. FederalUSCAPRecommendationsOn January 15, 2009, USCAP released their Blueprint for Legislative Action.  Read Eileen Claussen's testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.USCAP/EU-ETS ComparisonA new Pew Center document provides an accessible comparison between the USCAP plan and the EU-ETS on key topics, including targets & timetables, offsets, and allocation.More federal news and analysisInternationalIndia & Coal: Policy OptionsThe newest white paper in the Coal Initiative Series examines policy options for managing GHG emissions from the coal-power sector in India.Congressional TestimonyElliot Diringer's testimony before the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addresses questions regarding international climate change negotiations and the path toward a post-2012 climate treaty.More International news and analysisPew PerspectivesA Blueprint for ActionA new op-ed by Eileen Claussen in Environmental Finance discusses prospects for U.S. climate legislation in the 111th Congress and the USCAP Blueprint for action.USCAP InterviewE&E TV's Monica Trauzzi interviewed the Pew Center's Nikki Roy and PG&E's Melissa Lavinson about USCAP's recently released Blueprint.See more of Pew in the media Celebrating Ten YearsPew Marks Anniversary in Special Issue of Scientific AmericanKey climate-related topics are addressed in the latest special issue of Scientific American Earth 3.0, where you will also find a Pew Center ad celebrating our 10-year anniversary. Donating to the Pew CenterFor ten years, the Pew Center's mission has been to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Today, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders.We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •   Looking Ahead to the Obama Administration President-elect Obama has made it clear that he's ready to deliver the action needed to protect our climate, our economy, and our national security. He is assembling a team with a keen interest in addressing climate change, and the talent and skills to get the job done.Visit our Obama Transition page to view Pew Center resources and statements about the new administration. Eileen Claussen voices her support for Obama's "Green Team" on Change.gov. InternationalUNFCCC COP 14 in PoznanThe Pew Center summarizes the Poznan conference: Leaders agree to move into "full negotiating mode" in 2009. Read the summary and key related items on our COP 14 page. EU Emissions Trading System in PerspectiveIn May, the Pew Center released "The European Union's Emissions Trading System in Perspective". The report addresses common misperceptions of the EU-ETS and identifies key lessons learned.More 2008 International News & AnalysisCongressionalCongressional Policy Brief Series The Congressional Policy Brief Series walks policymakers through important cap-and-trade design elements and various complementary policy approaches.Cap & Trade Bill ChartComparisons and summaries of economy-wide cap-and-trade proposals in the 110th Congress. Features an illustrated graph of proposed emission reduction targets over time. More 2008 Congressional News & Analysis U.S. FederalJudicial AnalysesFeaturing Clean Air Act rulings and other summaries and analyses of climate-related cases.Cap & Trade 101This new brief explains how a cap-and-trade program sets a clear limit on greenhouse gas emissions and minimizes the cost of achieving this target.More 2008 Federal News and Analysis Pew Perspectives Obama's Green TeamEileen Claussen discusses President-Elect Obama's selections for his "green team" on NPR's Morning Edition (December 16, 2008)Progress at PoznanElliot Diringer discusses progress at the  Poznan talks and previews the road to Copenhagen on E&E TV's On Point. (December 16, 2008) See more of Pew in the media  EventsWorkshop Features Obama Nominees Pew's State and Federal policy workshop involved many key players in the incoming Obama administration and new Congress, including EPA Administrator nominee Lisa Jackson, Commerce Secretary nominee Bill Richardson, incoming Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, and many other influential voices on climate policy. Carbon Market Insights 2008 The Pew Center and Point Carbon organized Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008. The event provided participants with a fresh analysis on climate policy and carbon markets.  Pew MilestonesPew Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary2008 marks ten years of providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Read John Fialka's ClimateWire profile of the Pew Center.Pew Launches New WebsiteThis spring, the Pew Center launched a redesigned website with the same reliable and timely information and analysis that you have trusted for years but with a fresh new look.    TechnologyCoal Initiative SeriesThree 2008 papers from Pew's Coal Initiative Series explore strategies for addressing CO2 emissions from using coal to provide electricity. Natural Gas PaperThis new paper provides an overview of the different point-of-regulation options for covering greenhouse gas emissionsfrom natural gas under a cap-and-trade program.   More 2008 Technology News & Analysis State NewsRegional Initiatives Work to Implement Cap-and-Trade ProgramsThis year, two U.S. climate action initiatives made major strides in implementing regional greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade programs.In September, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) conducted the first-ever U.S. auction of emissions allowances under a mandatory cap-and-trade system, and the Western Climate Initiative released design recommendations for a mandatory cap-and-trade system.  Renewable Energy Rules Advance in MidwestOhio and Michigan passed laws requiring greater use of cleaner energy sources, such as wind and solar power. Our Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards map identifies other states with similar standards. More 2008 State and Regional News Science & ImpactsCauses of Global Climate Change Examined This Science Brief features key graphs and facts reflecting the most recent data related to global warming.   Climate Change Risks & Scientific Uncertainty In The Aspen Institute's book The Global Politics of Energy, Pew Center Senior Scientist Jay Gulledge outlines "Climate Change Risks in the Context of Scientific Uncertainty".    More 2008 Science & Impacts News  Make an ImpactPew Partners on Unique InitiativeIn what is believed to be a first for corporate America, the Pew Center and the Alcoa Foundation partnered to launch a unique program to help Alcoa employees, their families and people in surrounding communities understand and manage their personal energy use.  Visit the Make an Impact website to learn more. Markets & Business BELC Adopts New PrinciplesIn 2008, the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) adopted new principles supporting mandatory climate policy. Now with 44 member companies, the BELC is the largest US-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change. Offset Quality Initiative This coalition of six non-profit groups released a paper with recommendations for integrating GHG offsets into emerging regulatory systems.More 2008 Markets & Business News  Economics Insights Not Absolutes: White Paper Examines Economic ModelsThis paper addresses the importance of understanding the limitations of models and the insights that can be gleaned from their results.Lieberman-Warner Economic InsightsThis Pew Center brief examines six models used to assess the economic impacts of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act and puts them in context for consumers of this modeling information.  More 2008 Economics News & Analysis Donating to the Pew CenterFor ten years, the Pew Center's mission has been to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Today, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders.We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •   New Congressional Policy BriefsThe Pew Center has released a Congressional Policy Brief Series that will serve as a primer for the 111th Congress and the new administration.  Developed with input from a variety of outside experts, these briefs walk policymakers through important cap-and-trade design elements and the strengths and weaknesses of various complementary policy approaches.Visit the Congressional Policy Brief Series page to download individual briefs. InternationalUNFCCC COP 14 in PoznanThe Pew Center will send a delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's 14th annual Conference of the Parties in Poznan, Poland.Visit our COP 14 page to read about expectations for the conference, the history of climate negotiations, and Pew Center activities in Poznan. More international news and analysis Pew Perspectives Cap-and-Trade Legislation in the New AdministrationA new Pew Center op-ed in Point Carbon's Carbon Market North America reaffirms president-elect Obama's call for enacting a mandatory greenhouse gas cap-and-trade law. (November 2008)New Addition to Pew Center StaffSteve Seidel has joined the Pew Center as the new Vice President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel.   Steve had a long and distinguished career working at the EPA where he authored the first major global warming policy study in 1984, and also spent time working on the White House Climate Change Task Force.  See more of Pew in the media U.S. FederalUpdated Judicial Analyses SectionOur updated Judicial section includes several Pew Center analyses of key climate change-related court case rulings.Obama TransitionVisit our Obama Transition page to view Pew Center resources and statements about the new administration. More federal news and analysis   State NewsGovernors Sign International Agreement to Reduce Forest-Sector EmissionsOn November 18th, governors from the U.S., Brazil, and Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.The MOU states that the governors will consider forest-sector emissions reductions and forest sequestration in climate programs and agreements, including the Western Climate Initiative, the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Accord, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and California's climate plan as set forward in A.B. 32. More state and regional news Donating to the Pew CenterFor ten years, the Pew Center's mission has been to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Today, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders.We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •    Featured Voter Guide:Candidates' Positions on Climate ChangeFor the first time in U.S. history, both major party candidates for the presidency are deeply concerned about global climate change and publicly support a mandatory, economy-wide cap-and-trade system.Learn more about the candidates, their running mates, and their respective parties' positions on climate- and energy-related issues in Pew's new voter guide - The Candidates and Climate Change: A Guide to Key Policy Positions. Congressional New Draft Climate LegislationOn October 7th, House Chairmen Dingell and Boucher released draft climate legislation which would establish an economy-wide cap-and-trade system.Additional Information:View a summary and comparison chart of this and all other cap-and-trade bill proposals in the 110th Congress.Watch Pew's Nikki Roy discuss the Dingell-Boucher legislation and a possible timeline for legislation in the next two years on E&ETV's On Point.More Congressional Information{C}{C}{C}State NewsMichigan Becomes 28th State to Enact a Renewable Energy StandardOn October 6, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law the "Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act," which establishes a renewable energy standard of 10 percent by 2015.Michigan is a member of the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, a group of six states and one Canadian province that have agreed to several measures to address climate change, including a multi-sector cap-and-trade program.More state and regional news Markets & BusinessTwo New Companies Join Pew's Business CouncilProven corporate leaders on the climate issue Dow Chemical Company and Johnson Controls, Inc. have become the newest members to join the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council. (October 22, 2008)More Markets & Business Information InternationalCoal Technology in IndiaThe latest paper in the Coal Initiative Series looks at India's coal use and coal power technologies to reduce GHG emissions. A new brief offers more information on India's climate and energy policies. (October 2008)More international news and analysis Pew Perspectives U.S. Election & Prospects for a New Global Climate AgreementA new article by Pew's Elliot Diringer outlines a reasonable path toward U.S. participation in a new international climate agreement. (October  22, 2008)Climate Policy and Natural GasEileen Claussen discusses the potential role for natural gas utilities in an economy-wide cap-and-trade program in a speech at the American Gas Association's Executive Conference. (October 2008)  See more of Pew in the media Upcoming EventsNovember 12-14, 2008Washington, DC The Pew Center will partner with Point Carbon to host Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008. The conference will take place in the heart of political decision making, the week following the U.S. presidential election. Click here to register  Donating to the Pew CenterFor ten years, the Pew Center's mission has been to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Today, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders.We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •   Pew Partners with Alcoa Foundation to Make an Impact  In what is believed to be a first for corporate America, the Alcoa Foundation and the Pew Center have partnered to launch a unique new program to help Alcoa employees, their families and people in surrounding communities understand and manage their personal energy use.  Modeled on a similar program launched in 2006 in Australia, Make an Impact provides the tools and resources for individuals to manage their individual carbon footprint, reduce their energy costs, and become part of the solution to global climate change. The program features:Dynamic website with tips, tools and resources on how to reduce energy usage and live more sustainably; Custom-built carbon calculator featuring individual carbon 'footprint' analysis and personalized recommendations; Visit the Make an Impact website to learn morePress Release U.S. Federal Voter Guide: Candidates Positions on Climate Change For the first time in U.S. history, both major party candidates for the presidency are deeply concerned about global climate change and publicly support a mandatory, economy-wide cap-and-trade system.Learn more about the candidates, their running mates, and their respective parties' positions on climate- and energy-related issues in Pew's new voter guide - The Candidates and Climate Change: A Guide to Key Policy Positions. (September 30, 2008) InternationalIndia Fact SheetIndia recently adopted a national climate change plan and is implementing policies that help reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions.  A new Pew Center brief summarizes India's national policies in the areas of energy efficiency, transportation, and renewable energy. (September 2008) More international news and analysis {C}{C}Pew Perspectives RGGI Conducts First-in-the-Nation Auction of Emission AllowancesJudi Greenwald discusses the significance of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's first auction of emissions allowances on NPR's The Kojo Nnamdi Show. (September 24, 2008)A Look Towards a New International Climate Change Agreement In a preview to a chapter in the forthcoming book, Development in the Balance: How Will the World's Poor Cope with Climate Change?, Elliot Diringer outlines the key elements of an effective post-2012 climate agreement. (September 2008)See more of Pew in the media  State News: An Historic WeekWCI Releases Cap-and-Trade Design Recommendations;RGGI Holds First-Ever Auction of Emissions AllowancesLast week,the Western Climate Initiative released design recommendations for a mandatory cap-and-trade system.On September 25, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) conducted the first-ever U.S. auction of emissions allowances under a mandatory cap-and-trade system.The funds generated by the RGGI auction will help states develop better energy efficiency programs and incentivize technology, among other initiatives.More state and regional news Science & ImpactsHurricanes & Global Warming: An UpdateThere has been a large number of landfalling tropical storms in the Atlantic this year, with six storms making landfall in the U.S. for only the fifth time since 1900. Another landfall this year would set a new record.Find out more about the latest hurricanes and tropical storms at our Hurricanes & Global Warming page. More science & impacts information  Celebrating Ten YearsPew Marks Anniversary in Special Issue of Scientific American Key climate-related topics are addressed in the latest special issue of Scientific American Earth 3.0, where you will also find a new Pew Center ad celebrating our 10-year anniversary. (September 2008)  Upcoming EventsNovember 12-14, 2008Washington, DC The Pew Center will partner with Point Carbon to host Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008. The conference will take place in the heart of political decision making, the week following the U.S. presidential election. Click here to register Donating to the Pew CenterFor ten years, the Pew Center's mission has been to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Today, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders.We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •                         November 12-14, 2008 Marriott Wardman Park HotelWashington, DC  Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008 will take place in the heart of political decision making, the week following the U.S. presidential election.The early registration deadline of September 5 is fast approaching, and those interested in attending this event are encouraged to visit the conference website to learn about the admission discounts before it's too late.The event will involve leading decision makers in the forthcoming U.S. Administration and Congress and provide participants with a fresh analysis on climate policy and carbon markets in North America. It will offer key insights into how federal policy changes are likely to affect regional cap-and-trade schemes in North America, the global carbon market, and emissions trading around the world.Click here to register and to get more information about the conference. Markets & BusinessOffset Quality Initiative Issues Key Recommendations In a new white paper, the Offset Quality Initiative (OQI) offers policymakers practical recommendations for the integration of greenhouse gas offsets into emerging regulatory systems at the state, regional and federal levels. (July 2008) The Pew Center is a founding member of OQI, a coalition of six leading non-profit organizations established in November 2007 to provide leadership on GHG offset policy and best practices.More on markets & business Science & ImpactsUpdated Science Brief Outlines Causes of Global Climate ChangeBrowse or download this handy document featuring updated graphs and facts reflecting the most recent data related to global warming. (August 2008){C}{C}  More science & impacts information  Pew PerspectivesAspen Ideas Festival Features Discussion on Climate and National SecurityPew Center Senior Scientist Dr. Jay Gulledge participates in a panel discussion addressing foreign policy impacts related to climate change and national security. Other panelists include John Podesta, R. James Woolsey, Kurt Campbell, and James Steinberg. (July 2, 2008)See more of Pew in the media State NewsNew Massachusetts Global Warming Law Calls For Short-, Mid-, Long-Term TargetsOn August 7, 2008, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Global Warming Solutions Act, S2540, which requires the Commonwealth to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions at least 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.   The bill calls for an interim target of between 10 and 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, as well as targets for 2030 and 2040. South Carolina Panel Releases Final Climate Action PlanThe South Carolina Climate, Energy, and Commerce Advisory Committee released its final report outlining specific recommendations for state-level policies to mitigate climate change.  The report recommends a voluntary, economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction target of five percent below 1990 levels by 2020. (August 6, 2008) More state and regional news InternationalClimate Change "Wargame" Connects Environmental and Security Experts Pew Center President Eileen Claussen joined top scientists, former lawmakers, and ex-military officers in a three-day wargame to develop strategies for dealing with the national security consequences of global climate change. The exercise focused on four major economies: the US, the EU, China, and India.  The Center for a New American Security offers project details online, and Nature magazine provides inside coverage on their wargame blog. (July 28-30, 2008) More international news and analysis {C}{C}Donating to the Pew CenterFor ten years, the Pew Center's mission has been to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change. Today, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders.We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •    This year the Pew Center on Global Climate Change celebrates ten years of providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change.Established in 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, the Center has become a leading voice for sensible action to address the most pressing global environmental problem of the 21st century.Highlighting the broad mix of approaches required to tackle the climate challenge, the Pew Center has produced nearly 100 reports and an even wider collection of white papers and briefs by noted climate experts covering a range of critical topics including economics, environmental impacts, policy, science, business, technology and solutions.Read John Fialka's ClimateWire profile of the Pew Center{C}{C}BusinessBELC Gains Two New Members; Adopts New Principles On July 15, 2008, BASF Corporation and Deere & Company joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC).The BELC is the largest U.S.-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change and supporting mandatory climate policy.Read the BELC's new guiding principles  {C}{C}InternationalIndia Releases National Action Plan on Climate Change Read a Pew Center summary of India's first National Action Plan on Climate Change that identifies eight core missions and outlines mitigation and adaptation policies and programs. (June 30, 2008)USCAP Unveils International Policy PrinciplesThe U.S. Climate Action Partnership issued principles and recommendations regarding U.S. policy addressing international climate issues and negotiations.The Pew Center is a founding member of USCAP, an influential business-NGO coalition calling on Congress to establish a mandatory national climate policy. (July 23, 2008) More international news and analysis  TechnologyBiofuels for Transportation: A Climate PerspectiveThe newest paper from the Pew Center offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their greenhouse gas emissions, and associated policy issues. (June 30, 2008) CongressionalCarbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act (H.R. 6258)Sponsored by Rep. Frederick Boucher, H.R. 6258 would establish a trust fund for the research, development, and deployment of commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage for fossil fuel-fired power plants.Pew Center letter in support of H.R. 6258Relevant White Papers:A Program to Accelerate the Deployment of CO2 Capture and StorageA Trust Fund Approach to Accelerating Deployment of CCS: Options and ConsiderationsState NewsGeorgia Court Rejects Proposed Coal-Fired Plant Over GHG Emissions ConcernsIn a first for Georgia, a Superior Court judge revoked a permit for construction of a proposed 1200-megawatt coal-fired power plant due to concerns over CO2 emissions. (June 30, 2008) Florida Governor Signs Energy and Climate Change BillOn June 25, 2008, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law House Bill 7135, enacting several new energy and climate change policies.Among the policies included is the Florida Climate Protection Act, which authorizes the development of an electric-utility greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. More state and regional news Pew PerspectivesPew Center Staff in the MediaElliot Diringer provides analysis of the G8 meeting in Japan on Living on Earth. (July 11, 2008)Eileen Claussen participates in a National Journal Energy Policy Forum with representatives of the McCain and Obama campaigns. (July 15, 2008)See more of Pew in the media Upcoming Events November 12-14, 2008Washington, DC Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008 will take place in the heart of political decision making, the week following the U.S. presidential election.The event will involve key decision makers in the forthcoming U.S. Administration and Congress and provide participants with a fresh analysis on climate policy and carbon markets in North America. It will offer key insights into how federal policy changes are likely to affect regional cap-and-trade schemes in North America, the global carbon market, and emissions trading around the world.Click here to Register and to get more information about the conference.  Donating to the Pew CenterWe are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.   
  •   Feature: Lieberman-Warner Bill on the Senate FloorCap-and-Trade Legislation is Discussed on Capitol Hill Last week, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008 (S.3036) was the topic of discussion on the U.S. Senate floor. Our new resource section pulls together resources on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, including brief & expanded bill summaries, economic analyses, and daily updates on the Senate debate.Also in this issue, Eileen Claussen and Manik Roy discuss lessons learned and future prospects for cap and trade legislation. Letter from Eileen ClaussenPew Center President Eileen Claussen shares her thoughts on last week's Senate activity on S.3036, the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2008. InternationalModeling International Policy Scenarios The Pew Center, in collaboration with the Battelle Memorial Institute, is modeling a range of post-2012 climate policy scenarios. Interim results were presented at the UNFCCC climate change talks in Bonn, Germany. (June 10, 2008) {C}{C}EconomicsNew Lieberman-Warner Economic InsightsA new Pew Center brief examines six of the models that have been used to assess the economic impacts of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act and puts them in context for consumers of this modeling information. (May 21, 2008) State NewsBackground and Insights on Shared Roles in PolicymakingThe latest paper from the Pew Center, "Towards a Dialogue on Federal and State Roles in U.S. Climate Policy," evaluates possible approaches on how to delineate state and federal roles in a comprehensive nationwide climate change program. (June 12, 2008)View the report and additional resources Pew PerspectivesPew Center Staff in the MediaEileen Claussen discusses last week's Senate activity and offers insights into future prospects for climate legislation on E&ETV (June 10, 2008) Talk of the Nation examines the Senate vote with Pew's Director of Congressional Affairs, Manik Roy (June 6, 2008) The Diane Rehm Show addresses cap-and-trade legislation with thoughts from Manik Roy (June 3, 2008)See more of Pew in the media Donating to the Pew CenterWe are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.   
  •   New Report: The European Union Emissions Trading System in PerspectiveValuable Lessons for Policymakers                                        The latest report from the Pew Center, "The European Union's Emissions Trading System in Perspective", examines the development, structure, and performance of the system to date.In addition to assessing the system's initial objectives and outcomes, this report addresses common misperceptions of the trading system's performance and explores the lessons of the EU-ETS that Congress can draw on as it contemplates an American cap-and-trade system. (May 8, 2008)Visit the new EU-ETS report page to download the report and related materials. U.S. States & RegionsOhio Adopts Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard On May 1, 2008, Governor Ted Strickland signed into law a bill that establishes an alternative energy portfolio standard for the state of Ohio.The bill also creates a renewable energy credit tracking system, which allows utilities to buy, sell, and trade credits to comply with the renewable energy and solar energy requirements.  Upcoming EventsThe Costs of Doing BusinessIn a Cap-and-Trade WorldMay 20, 2008The Pew Center's Janet Peace will speak at an event hosted by the National Chamber Foundation.The conference will focus on day-to-day compliance issues that businesses may encounter should a cap-and-trade system be implemented in the United States.Registration Information BusinessContaining Costs of Cap & Trade In a recently released discussion paper, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership discusses key principles that any cost containment measure should take into account. The Pew Center is a founding member of the USCAP, a business-NGO coalition that supports mandatory domestic climate policy.  Pew Perspectives SpeechesEileen Claussen speaks at the Aluminum Association Spring 2008 Meeting. (April 22, 2008)WebchatsElliot Diringer participated in a U.S. State Department Ask America webchat. (April 22, 2008) More Pew Center speeches and articles Donating to the Pew CenterWe are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  •   Feature: What You Can Do to Help Curb Global WarmingSimple Steps to Reduce Your Impact on Global Climate Change - For All Ages We have launched a new section of our site to help individuals learn more about how everyday activities affect global climate change.From changing a light bulb to using a power strip for your appliances, there are countless simple, cost-saving measures to help reduce your personal greenhouse gas emissions.Visit our What You Can Do page to find more tips on reducing your impact.Our new Kids Page answers key questions and offers fun sites to explore and learn more about global warming.EconomicsInsights Not Absolutes: New White Paper Examines Economic ModelsEconomic models have been extensively used to evaluate the consequences of different policy options for addressing global climate change.This paper addresses the importance of understanding both the limitations of these models and what insights can be gleaned from their results. U.S. States & RegionsGovernors Sign Climate Declaration Five governors lead 18 states in signing a climate change declaration in support of mandatory federal and state action to tackle climate change. (April 18, 2008) Latest ScienceClimate Impacts at the Poles As illustrated by recent events, global warming is causing major climate impacts in the Arctic and Antarctic.In March 2008, a section of the Wilkins Ice Shelf collapsed in the southwestern Antarctic Peninsula. And in April, researchers found a major crack in the largest Arctic ice shelf.  U.S. FederalPresident Delivers Climate Change Speech: Proposals Deemed Weak, IrrelevantOn Wednesday, President Bush delivered a speech addressing his administration's plans for action on climate change.His new climate change goals were given directly ahead of the third Major Economies Meeting in Paris. Pew Center President Eileen Claussen responds.  BusinessNew Report on Adaptation Strategies The newest Pew Center report outlines a sensible business approach to analyzing and adapting to the physical risks of climate change.Case studies of three corporations' actions highlight adaptation efforts already taking place in the business community.  Pew Perspectives NPR's Science FridayScience Friday's Ira Flatow talks with Eileen Claussen, who explains why President Bush's new climate change proposal is a non-starter. (April 18, 2008)NPR's Morning EditionEileen Claussen discusses President Bush's climate change goals and why they are a step backward. (April 17, 2008)  Donating to the Pew CenterWe are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us as we continue our work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this challenge.    
  • E-NewsletterFebruary 28, 2008 In This Issue:: Feature: :: Remarks by Eileen Claussen:: Coal Initiative Series: NEW Reports:: Current Science:: Pew's Perspective:: Congressional:: Climate Change 101 Series: NEW Reports:: International:: Upcoming Events:: Donating to the Pew Center FeatureInnovative Approaches to Climate Change: A State and Federal Workshop  On February 25 and 26, 2008, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, in collaboration with the Pew Center on the States, hosted a workshop focused on state and federal action in response to climate change. The event brought together legislative staff and officials from both the state and federal levels to share their experience developing climate policies, and to discuss the appropriate roles of each level of government in implementing future national policy. Keynote speakers included Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.Proceedings and Presentations Remarks by Eileen Claussen Eileen Claussen addresses the roles of both federal and state governments in developing and implementing national climate policy. (February 25, 2007) Coal Initiative Series  The Coal Initiative Series was launched by the Pew Center in 2007 to identify policy options for reducing coal-related greenhouse gas emissions. {C}{C}State Options for Low-Carbon Coal PolicyThe latest in the series, this white paper provides an overview of the policy options available to states to encourage the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies. (February 21, 2008)A Trust Fund Approach to Accelerating Deployment of CCS: Options and ConsiderationsThis paper describes key elements of an administrative structure that could efficiently and effectively manage a program to accelerate deployment of carbon capture and storage. (January 2008) Current Science Understanding Extreme Weather and Climate Impacts in China Recent severe snowstormsin China caused widespread energy disruption throughout the country. This Q&A series addresse extreme weather and climate impacts in China. (February 2008) Current Understanding of Antarctic Climate Change  At a time of dramatic warming and rapid sea ice decline in the Arctic, Antarctica has cooled slightly and sea ice has increased around it. Pew explains how climate change affects the two poles separately. (January 2008) Pew's Perspective Elliot Diringer discusses the COP13 in Bali and next steps for international climate negotiations. (Hosted by the German Marshall Fund, January 8, 2008) CongressionalElliot Diringer testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the Bali Roadmap and options for a post-2012 international climate framework. (January 24, 2008)Updated Resources for the 110th Congress Now Available:Comparison of Economy-Wide Cap-and-Trade Proposals (January 2008)Updated Summaries for Climate-Related Bills, Resolutions and Amendments (February 2008) Climate Change 101 Series This series of brief reports are meant to provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change topics. Adaptation 101The latest installment to the series, Adaptation 101 details how adaptation planning at the local, state and national levels can limit the damage caused by climate change. (February 26, 2008) Cap and Trade 101 This report explains how a cap-and-trade program sets a clear limit on GHG emissions and minimizes the cost of achieving this target. (February 25, 2008 International Pew Summary: EU Climate Proposal On January 23, 2008, the European Commission proposed a series of EU-wide policies to implement the major energy and climate decisions taken by the European Council in March 2007.Read the Pew Center summary of the proposalNew Facts & Figures on EmissionsThe latest installment to Pew's series of Facts & Figures highlights trends in global emissions and identifies emissions levels by industry and by greenhouse gas. (February 2008)Upcoming EventsUSGBC's Carbon Reduction Webinar Series On March 5, 2008, Pew's Director for Markets and Business Strategy Truman Semans will participate in the latest installment of USGBC's Carbon Reduction Webinar Series. Donating to the Pew Center We are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it while it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us to continue to work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this time sensitive issue.     Pew Center on Global Climate Change | 2101 Wilson Blvd | Suite 550 | Arlington | VA | 22201
  • E-NewsletterDecember 20, 2007 In This Issue:: Feature: UNFCCC COP 13 in Bali:: Letter from Eileen Claussen:: Congressional:: International:: Pew's Perspective:: States:: Business:: Pew Reports:: Donating to the Pew Center FeatureUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's 13th Annual Conference of the PartiesThe year ended with the close of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties in Bali, Indonesia.Delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali remained far apart on fundamental issues but in the end agreed to launch a loosely framed negotiating process with the ambitious goal of achieving a new global climate agreement in 2009.Summary of COP 13 and COP/MOP 3Pew Center Statement Letter from Eileen ClaussenThe Pew Center's President comments on the climate events of 2007. Congressional The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act becomes the first greenhouse gas cap-and-trade bill to be voted out of a Congressional committee. (December 5, 2007)Summary of the Debate and Vote in CommitteeThe Pew Center hosts a Congressional briefing on Greenhosue Gas Emissions Allowance Allocations with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. (September 7, 2007)Allocation Briefing ProceedingsOther 2007 Congressional Climate EventsInternational Pew Forum on International Climate ActionThe Pew Center convenes a forum on international climate action on Capitol Hill. Representatives of China, the EU, and seven other countries participated in the event that preceded the Bush administration's Major Economies Meeting.(September 26, 2007)China Releases its First National Climate Change PlanPrepared by China's National Development and Reform Commission, the plan outlines China's strategy for addressing climate change and increasing public awareness. (June 4, 2007)Read the planRead Eileen Claussen's StatementOther 2007 International Climate Events Pew's Perspective Eileen Claussen is named to the Weather Channel's 2007 Forecast Earth Hot List. (December 8, 2007)Press ReleaseThe Pew Center contributes an article on The Road From Bali in a UNEP book volume. (December 2007)Judi Greenwald and Eileen Claussen publish a cap-and-trade vs. carbon tax op-ed in the Miami Herald. (July 12, 2007)Other 2007 Pew Speeches and Articles StatesThe Western Climate Initiative is FormedOn February 26, 2007, Governors establish the Western Climate Initiative, a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.Map of Regional InitiativesMap of States with Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Established Under the Accord, six states and one Canadian province agree to establish emissions reduction targets and to develop a multi-sector cap-and-trade system to help meet those targets. (November 15, 2007)Pew Center Statement Other 2007 States Climate NewsBusiness The Pew Center is Founding Member of United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP)On January 22, the Pew Center joined together with other non-governmental organizations and businesses to form USCAP, calling on Congress to quickly enact strong national legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Membership has now grown to 27 corporations and 6 NGOs.A Call For ActionThree New Companies Join Pew's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilCiti, PNM Resources, and Travelers become new members to the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council.Other 2007 Business Climate Events Pew Reports and Publications Towards an Integrated Multi-Track Climate Framework (December 12, 2007) Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States (December 4, 2007) Coal Initiative (October 2007) Other 2007 Pew Center Reports and Publications Donating to the Pew CenterWe are at a critical juncture in the climate change debate. While it is clear that it while it will take decades to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels, it is equally clear that we must begin now. Your financial support will help us to continue to work toward environmentally effective and economically viable solutions to this time sensitive issue.