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  • Click here for the E-NewsletterVisit the Pew Center's June 29, 2010 e-newsletter featuring a Politico op-ed by Pew Center President Eileen Claussen and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers who call for passing a meaningful energy and climate bill this year that caps emissions from the utility sector first.Additional newsletter highlights include:An analysis of business support for legislationComparison charts of key energy-climate bill provisionsEnergy EfficiencyPlug-in Electric Vehicles
  • Click here for the E-NewsletterVisit the Pew Center's May 20, 2010 newsletter to learn more about the Kerry-Lieberman climate and energy bill, the case for clean energy and climate policy, and our new reports.
  • Click here for the E-NewsletterVisit the Pew Center's March 17, 2010 newsletter to learn more about clean energy jobs, the energy efficiency conference, and climate science realities.  
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  • Click here for the E-NewsletterVisit the Pew Center's annual year-in-review e-newsletter for highlights from Copenhagen, Congress, climate science, and other significant action over the past year. For a listing of the Pew Center's 2009 publications and events, click here.  
  •       U.S. FederalACES ActOn May 21, 2009, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved landmark climate and energy legislation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act calls for an economy-wide greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system and key complementary measures.  The full House is expected to vote on the bill this summer. Congressional Testimony Elliot Diringer testified on international aspects of the ACES Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.   Policy Tutorials  Watch congressional briefings on international offsets and carbon market design and oversight.  Learn more about cap and trade and complementary policies with our quick policy guide.More Federal news and analysisScience Explaining Black Carbon A new fact sheet describes the importance of black carbon in warming temperatures, melting ice, and impacting public health.  More Science analysisMarkets & BusinessRECs v. Offsets A new brief by the Offset Quality Initiative explains how and why renewable energy certificates differ from GHG offsets.    Climate for ChangeAn article in Eco-structure explores current political and business attitudes toward climate policy and the importance of acting now. More Markets & Business news and analysis International EU Resources A compilation of resources illustrates the EU's greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts. Competitiveness ReportA new Pew Center report finds energy-intensive manufacturers are likely to face only modest competitiveness impacts under a U.S. greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program.  Pew Center experts discussed the report in a teleconference on May 6, 2009.More International news and analysisState News Midwestern Accord On June 8, 2009, members of the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord released their Advisory Group's draft final recommendations for a regional cap-and-trade program. The program would cap emissions for six U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Read Pew's statement.     New Fuel Standards On May 19, 2009 President Obama announced new federal fuel economy standards.  By 2016, the federal standard will achieve the same fuel economy improvement as the California standard for vehicle GHG emissions would have if it were applied nationwide - 35.5mpg.  More State and Regional news Pew Perspectives Straight Talk on Climate CostsEileen Claussen offers a frank assessment of climate policy's costs and benefits in an E&E TV interview.Why cap and trade?Environmental integrity and cost-effectiveness are two critical advantages that make cap and trade the right policy mechanism, argues Eileen Claussen in Yale Environment 360.  More of Pew in the media Donating to the Pew CenterFor eleven 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.    
  •        Waxman-Markey Discussion DraftOn March 31, 2009, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey released a discussion draft of climate and energy legislation.   The proposal calls for an economy-wide cap-and-trade system and critical complementary measures.  The draft bill includes aggressive emission reduction targets as well as measures that will protect U.S. consumers and workers, and deploy low- and zero-emitting technologies. Analysis of the Discussion DraftInternational Measurement, Reporting, & VerificationA report released at a side event in Bonn outlines MRV options in a post-2012 climate agreement.   Events The Pew Center hosted A Forum on International Climate Action with government officials of China, the EU, Japan, and Mexico on March 16, 2009.On March 17, 2009, officials of the Czech Republic, the EU, and Sweden discussed policies and offered insights at A Ministerial Briefing on European Climate Action. Read an analysis of the EU ETS. More International news and analysisState News Wyoming & CCS  On February 26 and 27, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed three bills to address ownership and liability issues related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.  Low Carbon Fuel Standard On March 5, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released proposed regulations for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which would require transportation fuel providers to lower the life-cycle carbon intensity of their fuels over the next decade.   More state and regional news On February 26 and 27, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed three bills to address ownership and liability issues related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.  Low Carbon Fuel Standard On March 5, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released proposed regulations for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which would require transportation fuel providers to lower the life-cycle carbon intensity of their fuels over the next decade.   More state and regional news On February 26 and 27, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed three bills to address ownership and liability issues related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.  Low Carbon Fuel Standard On March 5, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released proposed regulations for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which would require transportation fuel providers to lower the life-cycle carbon intensity of their fuels over the next decade.   More state and regional news Pew PerspectivesPolicy Op-EdEileen Claussen and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers recommend using free emission allowances in the early years of a cap-and-trade program to reduce price impacts on households and businesses. U.S.-China PartnershipThis op-ed discusses the importance of a U.S.-China partnership on energy and climate change and outlines top priorities for such a collaboration.  StatementsEileen Claussen reacts to President Obama's support for cap and trade and to the EPA's proposed federal GHG registry. More of Pew in the mediaU.S. FederalCompetitiveness Testimony In testimony before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, Eileen Claussen discussed competitiveness concerns and climate change policy.   Cap-and-Trade Briefings  On March 6, 2009, presentations on domestic offsets launched a new series of Congressional briefings.  On March 27, the second briefing discussed allowance allocation. Cap v. TaxA brief policy memo explores the similarities and differences between cap and trade and a carbon tax.  More Federal news and analysisScience & EconomicsBenefits Workshop On March 16 and 17, 2009, an expert workshop assessed the economic benefits of avoided climate change.   IPCC UpdateA recent peer-reviewed paper provides revised sensitivities of the IPCC Reasons for Concern (RFCs).   Green JobsA summary of four studies analyzes the potential employment growth in "green jobs."More science and economics analysisCommunicating Climate Change  Effective Communication Communicating effectively on an issue as complex and politically polarizing as climate change can be a challenge. In an effort to help others more fully appreciate the challenges inherent in good climate communications, the Pew Center has created a collection of useful resources and information.   Effective Communication Communicating effectively on an issue as complex and politically polarizing as climate change can be a challenge. In an effort to help others more fully appreciate the challenges inherent in good climate communications, the Pew Center has created a collection of useful resources and information.   Effective Communication Communicating effectively on an issue as complex and politically polarizing as climate change can be a challenge. In an effort to help others more fully appreciate the challenges inherent in good climate communications, the Pew Center has created a collection of useful resources and information.  Celebrating Ten Years Pew 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.   Forward email This email was sent to fischerl@c2es.org by ealert@c2es.org.Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Pew Center on Global Climate Change | 2101 Wilson Blvd | Suite 550 | Arlington | VA | 22201
  •        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.