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  • 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.    
  •                                                            E-Newsletter                                    December 5, 2007 In This Issue:: Feature: New Regional Impacts Report:: Letter from Eileen Claussen:: Congressional:: Pew's Perspective:: Upcoming Events:: States:: International:: Business:: Donating to the Pew Center FeatureRegional Impacts Report Released  With world attention focusing on international climate talks in Bali, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change releases a new report detailing significant impacts of climate change already occurring in the United States.The report, "Regional Impacts of Climate Change: Four Case Studies in the United States," provides information about impacts in specific regions of the U.S. The report focuses on the following four regions:Midwestern Cities Western U.S. Gulf Coast Chesapeake BayFull report and individual case studiesLetter from Eileen ClaussenThe Pew Center's President shares her thoughts on the international climate talks in Bali.    CongressionalEileen Claussen testifies before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on reducing U.S. emissions cost-effectively. (November 15, 2007)Testimony of Eileen Claussen to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the need to restore U.S. leadership in international climate negotiations. (November 13, 2007)Pew's Perspective  Eileen Claussen delivers a speech at the Thunderbird school about business responses to climate change. (November 5, 2007)Other recent Pew staff speeches "The Road from Bali: Towards a Binding Post-2012 Climate Framework," by Eileen Claussen, appears in Climate Action, a book volume published by Sustainable Development International and the United Nations Environment Programme. (December 2007)Other recent Pew staff articles Upcoming EventsPew Center to Release Report in BaliThe Pew Center's Climate Dialogue at Pocantico recommends a post-2012 framework integrating different types of mitigation commitments.  A new report, Towards an Integrated Multi-Track Climate Framework, builds on the Pocantico recommendations. States  Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord EstablishedUnder 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 Montana Joins the Western Climate Initiative Among a number of climate initiatives announced by Governor Brian Schweitzer was one that will make Montana the seventh U.S. state to join the Western Climate Initiative. (November 19, 2007)Other States News  International Bali: UNFCCC Conference of the PartiesThe United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's thirteenth annual Conference of the Parties began earlier this week in Bali, Indonesia. (December 3, 2007)To view new Pew Center materials, including background presentations, articles, and more, visit our COP13 page.Nobel Prize-Winning IPCC Releases Summary for PolicymakersThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases the Summary for Policymakers from the Fourth Assessment Report. (November 17, 2007)Pew Center Statement  Business Articles "A Business Path to Bali," by Truman Semans and Andre de Fontaine, published by Environmental Finance. (November 2007) "A Cap's in Hand," by Truman Semans, published in the World Energy Book.   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.                            Pew Center on Global Climate Change | 2101 Wilson Blvd | Suite 550 | Arlington | VA | 22201
  •                                                                   E-Newsletter                                    November 1, 2007 In This Issue:: Feature: Pew Launches Coal Initiative Series:: Letter from Eileen Claussen:: Business:: Pew's Perspective:: Congressional:: International:: Donating to the Pew CenterFeaturePew Launches Coal Initiative Series The Pew Center has launched a series of white papers that explore strategies for addressing CO2 emissions from using coal to provide electricity. White Paper: A Program to Accelerate the Deployment of CO2 Capture and Storage: Rationale, Objectives, and CostsLetter from Eileen ClaussenThe Pew Center's President shares her thoughts on climate legislation recently introduced by Senators Lieberman and Warner.   Business  Travelers Joins Pew Center's BELCTravelers becomes the first insurance company to join the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council. (October 30, 2007)Press ReleaseCompany ProfilePew's Perspective  The Pew Center's Markets and Business Strategies experts explain the need for manufacturers to address climate change. (Article appeared in U.S. Industry Today, September/October 2007) Eileen Claussen shares her views on last month's major climate meetings on E&E TV's On Point. (October 1, 2007)CongressionalSenators Lieberman and Warner introduce their climate bill to Congress. (October 18, 2007) Pew StatementComparison Chart of Climate Bills International Looking Ahead to Bali: COP13The Pew Center provides background information and key analysis on international climate efforts leading up to next month's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia. (November 1, 2007)International Carbon Action Partnership Formed to Address Global WarmingICAP will provide a forum for members to share experiences, research, and best practices on the design of carbon trading schemes. (November 1, 2007)Pew Center Statement10 U.S. States Join ICAP  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.                                                        
  •                                                    E-Newsletter Update                                    September 28, 2007 In This Issue:: Eileen Claussen Statement:: In the News:: Pew's Eileen Claussen Addresses Major Economies Meeting:: Press Briefing   FeaturePew Forum on International Climate Action On September 26, representatives of China, the European Union, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, and South Africa participated in a forum on international climate action hosted by the Pew Center. Moderated by Pew's Eileen Claussen and Elliot Diringer, the event drew an audience of government and NGO officials, as well as domestic and international press.Webcasts:     Presentations of National and Regional Climate Programs     Roundtable Discussion of Post-2012 Issues and OptionsPowerpoint PresentationsPlease Note: We recommend following the presentation materials when viewing the webcast of the National and Regional Climate Programs.Eileen Claussen Statement The Pew Center's President shares her thoughts on this week's major climate summits in New York and Washington, D.C. (September 28, 2007) In the News This week's Science Friday (NPR) featured the Pew Center's Elliot Diringer discussing the past week's climate meetings and the potential for change in U.S. climate policy. (September 28, 2007) Pew's Eileen Claussen Addresses Major Economies Meeting in Washington, D.C.Agriculture, deforestation and other land use activities account for nearly a third of greenhouse gas emissions globally.  Eileen Claussen remarks before the public and private sectors session on why a successful climate strategy must include land use activities. (September 27, 2007)Press BriefingPew Event Previews Major International Climate Summits(September 19, 2007) Last week, at a press briefing in Washington, Pew experts discussed the status of international action on climate change and provided key background information on international climate issues, the upcoming meetings, and the UN climate negotiations later this year in Bali.                                                    Pew Center on Global Climate Change | 2101 Wilson Blvd | Suite 550 | Arlington | VA | 22201
  •                                                               E-Newsletter                                         September 2007 In This Issue:: Letter from Eileen Claussen:: Latest Science:: Congressional:: States:: International:: Pew's Perspective:: Upcoming Events   FeaturePew Event Previews Major International Climate SummitsOn September 19, the Pew Center held a briefing to discuss the major international climate change meetings taking place the week of September 24 in New York and Washington. Pew experts discussed the status of international action on climate change and how the upcoming meetings may impact future global climate policy efforts. Letter from Eileen Claussen  The Pew Center's President shares her views on the upcoming climate change summits in New York City and Washington, D.C. Latest Science 2007 Hurricanes Hit Dangerous RecordFor the first time on record, two category 5 hurricanes make landfall in the same season.(September 2007) Arctic Sea Ice at Record LowSea ice in the Arctic hit a record low this summer. Commentary on the history of ice cap shrinkage explains the Arctic's response to global warming. (September 2007) Congressional News  GHG Emissions Allowance Allocations Brief ReleasedAt a related Capitol Hill briefing, panelists discuss free allocation v. auction of emissions permits. (September 7, 2007)Congressional BriefAllocation Briefing Proceedings Updated Bill Summaries for 110th CongressAs of mid-September, over 125 bills specifically addressing climate change and greenhouse gas emissions have been introduced in Congress. State NewsWestern States Set Climate GoalsThe Western Climate Initiative announces a regional, economy-wide emissions reduction target of about 33 percent below business-as-usual levels. (August 22, 2007) Adaptation Planning: What U.S. States and Localities are DoingAn adaptation planning paper describes actions being undertaken by states and localities to prepare for the effects of climate change. (July 2007)Other states newsInternational  NewsPew in China for WEF EventThe Pew Center participated in the World Economic Forum's Inaugural Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, that brought together international leaders in business and government to discuss climate change. (September 7, 2007)  WEF Press ReleaseWebcastPew's PerspectiveArticles, Speeches, & Publications The Pew Center's Vicki Arroyo offers another view in the latest issue of The Environmental Forum.(September/October 2007)Upcoming EventsUSGBC Carbon Reduction Webinar SeriesRegister OnlineOctober 10, 2007 Climate 2050 ConferenceMontreal, CanadaRegister OnlineOctober 24-26, 2007     Pew Center on Global Climate Change | 2101 Wilson Blvd | Suite 550 | Arlington | VA | 22201
  •  Pew Center on Global Climate Change  Working Together...Because Climate Change is Serious Business.E-NewsletterSummer 2007   In This Issue:: Consider This (NEW):: Congressional:: Business:: States:: International:: Pew's Perspective:: Upcoming Events New! The Pew Center has redesigned its electronic newsletter. You will find the same informative news items in a new template. We hope you enjoy this format. Please let us know if you experience any technical difficulties while accessing the information included here. ealert@c2es.org  -Pew Center on Global Climate Change FeatureEileen Claussen compares cap and trade and carbon tax approaches for emission reductions on E&E TV. Watch the videoRead the transcriptConsider This... New Comparison GraphVisual comparison of greenhouse gas emissions targets in current Senate and USCAP proposals. (July 2007) Cap and Trade v. Carbon TaxMiami Herald publishes an op-ed written by Eileen Claussen and Judi Greenwald on cap and trade v. carbon tax. (July 12, 2007)    Congressional NewsSenators Bingaman and Specter Introduce New Climate BillOn July 11, Senators Bingaman and Specter announced the Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007. Pew Center statement.   Other Congressional News:Eileen Claussen testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on U.S. re-engagement in the global effort to fight climate change. (May 15, 2007) Testimony transcript.  Elliot Diringer testifies before the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment. (July 11, 2007) Testimony transcript. Webcast. Business NewsPNM Resources Joins BELC  Southwest energy supplier PNM Resources joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC). (July 18, 2007) Press Release. PNM Resources page. Other Business News States NewsFlorida Governor Signs Three Climate Change Related Executive Orders  On July 13, Governor Charlie Crist of Florida signed three climate change related executive orders. Among those measures passed, one calls for the Florida Secretary of Environmental Protection to immediately develop rules to adopt California's motor vehicle GHG emission standards. Other states newsInternational NewsChina Releases Climate PlanChina released its first national climate change plan just days ahead of this year's G8 summit. Read about this and other climate news and initiatives in China on our new China and Climate Change page.    Pew's PerspectiveArticles, Speeches, & Publications Eileen Claussen speaks at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Senior Executive Service Meeting in Washington D.C. (July 13, 2007) Other recent Pew staff speeches The Harvard International Review publishes an endpaper written by Eileen Claussen and Elliot Diringer on U.S. leadership after Kyoto. (Summer 2007)Other recent Pew staff articlesUpcoming EventsClimate 2050 ConferenceMontreal, CanadaOctober 24-26 2007Note: Newly updated information on the Climate 2050 Conference online. Register online.  Forward email  Pew Center on Global Climate Change | 2101 Wilson Blvd | Suite 550 | Arlington | VA | 22201
  • In This Issue:Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Releases Working Group Reports. Read Pew Center Summary and StatementCiti joins the Pew Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC)Climate Change Mitigation Efforts in China: New Fact SheetEileen Claussen Testifies before the U.S. House of RepresentativesNew Working Papers on International Climate Negotiations in a Post-2012 Climate FrameworkUnited States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) Announces 14 New MembersStates News: More than 30 States Sign on as Charter Members of The Climate RegistryEileen Claussen Speaks at ExxonMobil’s Longer Range Research MeetingCurrent Information on Climate Bills in the 110th Congress Including Chart of Cap and Trade BillsIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Releases Working Group Reports. Read Pew Center Summary and StatementThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released all three Working Group installments to the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). The new installments assess the current state of knowledge about the natural and human drivers of climate change (Working Group I), and analyze current and projected impacts of climate change (Working Group II) and mitigation options for both the short-term and long-term (Working Group III). Read summaries of and statements on these reports from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.Citi Joins Business Environmental Leadership CouncilOn April 18, 2007, Citi became the 43rd member of the Pew Center’s Business Environmental Leadership Council. One of the world's pre-eminent financial services companies, Citi has committed to a 10 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2011, invested in and financed alternative energy and clean technology, and published equity research that highlights the relevance of climate change to various sectors of the global economy.Read the press releaseRead the Citi BELC profileClimate Change Mitigation Efforts in China: New Fact SheetChina is implementing a wide range of energy and industrial policies that are contributing to climate change mitigation efforts by slowing the growth of China’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read a new fact sheet on current measures being taken in China to address climate change mitigation.Eileen Claussen Testifies before U.S. House of RepresentativesEileen Claussen testified this month before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Her testimony outlined opportunities for U.S. re-engagement in the global effort to address climate change mitigation. Read Ms. Claussen’s testimony before the Committee.New Working Papers on International Climate Negotiations in a Post-2012 Climate FrameworkTwo new working papers were released on May 14 by the Pew Center: "International Sectoral Agreements in a Post-2012 Climate Framework," and "Policy-Based Commitments in a Post-2012 Climate Framework." The papers examine two of the approaches recommended in the report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico and were featured at a side event held by Pew at the UNFCCC meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB26). Read both the working papers and the report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico.United States Climate Action Partnership Announces 14 New MembersThe United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) announced 14 new members on May 8 with General Motors becoming the first automobile manufacturer to join USCAP. Visit our USCAP page to read the Pew Center's statement and to see a full list of members.States News: More than 30 States Sign on as Charter Members of The Climate RegistryOn May 8, more than 30 states signed on as charter members of The Climate Registry, a collaboration aimed at developing a common greenhouse gas emissions reporting system. Read about this and other climate news in the states.Eileen Claussen Speaks at ExxonMobil’s Longer Range Research MeetingOn May 16, Eileen Claussen spoke at ExxonMobil’s Longer Range Research Meeting. Ms. Claussen discussed the role of policy in technology development and deployment. Read her speechCurrent Information on Climate Bills in the 110th Congress: Bill Summaries and Compendium of Cap and Trade BillsMembers of the 110th Congress are introducing global climate change-related legislation at a faster pace than any previous Congress. As of mid-May 2007, lawmakers had introduced more than 70 bills, resolutions, and amendments specifically addressing global climate change and greenhouse gas emissions—compared with the 106 pieces of relevant legislation the previous Congress submitted during its entire two-year (2005-2006) term.Chart of cap and trade bills in the 110th CongressSummary of all climate bills introduced in the current session of Congress
  • In This Issue:Supreme Court Decision in EPA vs. MassachusettsPewCenter testifies before the House Ways and Means CommitteeHarvard Business Review on Pew Center's Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change reportStates News: Western Regional Climate Action InitiativeSpeech: Eileen Claussen addresses Xeriscape Council of New MexicoPew Center opens California officeNew content: Updated Facts and Figures, Business and Climate NewsEileen Claussen named Woman of the Year by the Women's Council on Energy & the EnvironmentIPCC to release latest Assessment April 6Upcoming Conference: Climate 2050, Montreal Canada (October 24-26, 2007)Summary of Supreme Court Decision in EPA vs. MassachusettsOn April, 2nd, the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision that the EPA has a right to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Read the summary and analysis.Pew Center testifies before House Committee on Ways and MeansOn February 28, 2007, Pew Center President, Eileen Claussen, testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Ms. Claussen outlined what the U.S. must do to reduce the risks posed by global climate change. Read her testimony.Harvard Business Review on PewCenter Report: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate ChangeThe Harvard Business Review says the PewCenter's 2006 Report, Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change, "... warrants a considered look". Read why and view a copy of the report.States News: Western Regional Climate Action InitiativeIn February, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, established the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative. The states joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change will set a regional emissions target within six months, and by August 2008 will establish a market-based system to aid in meeting the target.For more information on what is going on in the states - including New Mexico's newest steps toward clean energy and Minnesota's Renewable Portfolio Standard - visit the States' Latest News Section.Eileen Claussen's remarks at the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico's Annual ConferenceMs. Claussen's comments focus on the politics of climate change and how the political landscape in the U.S. is changing in favor of stronger action to protect the climate. Read the full speech, “Climate Change Politics: A Landscape Transformed"Pew Center opens California officeIn response to growing western states' action on climate change, the PewCenter's Joshua Bushinsky now serves as Western Policy Coordinator. Read more about our expansionUpdated Facts and FiguresThe Pew Center has updated its Facts & Figures section with the latest data on the science of climate change and its observed impacts, along with updated U.S. emissions figures. See the most recent informationUpdated Business and Climate NewsThe PewCenter is a founding member of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an unprecedented alliance of leading non-governmental organizations and major corporations.View a summary of recent business-related climate issues and resources for businessesEileen Claussen named Woman of the Year by the Women's Council on Energy & the EnvironmentThe Women's Council on Energy and the Environment named Pew Center President, Eileen Claussen, as their 2007 Woman of the Year. Read moreIPCC to release latest Assessment April 6The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release the summary of its latest assessment report on Friday, April 6, 2007. This report focuses on climate change impacts including how warming in specific regions may affect agriculture, coastal areas, ecosystems, human health, industries and water supplies. It will also detail options for societies to adapt to climate change. Read the Pew Center's summary and analysisUpcoming ConferenceOctober 24 - 26, 2007Montreal, CanadaConference in conjunction with Veolia Environment Institute (France) and the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (Canada):"Climate 2050: Technology and Policy Solutions"Read more about the Conference
  • In This Issue:IPCC Issues Comprehensive Report on Science of Climate ChangeOn February 2, 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of the current science of climate change. The summary, directed at policymakers, is based on six years of review of scientific literature by experts from around the world, convened under the auspices of the IPCC's Working Group I. The report calls the evidence of climate warming "unequivocal." The report finds that rates of both observed warming and sea level rise have accelerated over the past century, and discusses other important changes being observed, including more intense precipitation in some regions, prolonged droughts in others, and intensification of hurricanes in some tropical regions.{C}{C}Pew Center's summary of the report (93 KB pdf).Pew Center statement on the report.Facts and Figures."Sea Level Rise - The State of the Science," a new Pew Center fact sheet.Hurricanes and Global Warming Q&A.
  • In This Issue:Pew Center Helps Found United States Climate Action Partnership January 22, 2007--The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is a founding member of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). USCAP is a new alliance of major businesses and leading climate and environmental groups that have come together to call on the federal government to enact legislation requiring significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.Read more about USCAP.See how the USCAP recommendations compare to climate legislation recently proposed in the Senate (pdf).
  • In This Issue: Looking Ahead to 2007 Top Stories from 2006 Pew Center Highlights 2006 Pew Research and Reports 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)
  • In This Issue:Pew Center Report on COP 12 and COP/MOP 2New Adaptation Report Released in NairobiBuilding Solutions to Climate ChangeComing Up...Pew Center Report on COP 12 and COP/MOP 2Climate negotiators from around the world gathered November 6-17, 2006, for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Negotiators continued two processes launched last year in Montreal to consider next steps in the international climate effort, and agreed in the final hours to open another track to review the Kyoto Protocol. In two weeks of talks, parties also agreed on modest steps on adaptation, debated approaches to reducing deforestation and accelerating technology transfer, and heard proposals from South Africa and Brazil on ways to promote stronger action by developing countries.A summary of the Nairobi conference prepared by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change is now available.At the invitation of the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Pew Center presented the report of its Climate Dialogue at Pocantico at the Convention's Dialogue on Long-Term Cooperative Action in Nairobi. The Pocantico dialogue brought together senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries to explore options for advancing the international climate effort post-2012. The report is now available in Spanish, French and Chinese.Download the report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico.New Adaptation Report Released in NairobiA new Pew Center report, "Adaptation to Climate Change: International Policy Options," was released in Nairobi. The report -- by Ian Burton of the University of Toronto, Elliot Diringer of the Pew Center, and Joel Smith of Stratus Consulting Inc. -- examines options for future international efforts to help vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of climate change. Options outlined in the report include stronger funding and action under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, mandatory climate risk assessments for multilateral development finance, and donor country support for climate "insurance" in vulnerable countries.Read the report.Building Solutions to Climate ChangeThe Pew Center recently released a policy In-Brief describing how the built environment can make an important contribution to climate change mitigation while providing more livable spaces. It concludes that with current technologies and the expansion of a few key policies, significant reductions in greenhouse gases can be realized in the near term. Furthermore, combining technology research and development with clear and sustained climate and energy policies would drive more dramatic reductions over time.Read the In-Brief, "Building Solutions to Climate Change".Coming Up...December 2006The Pew Center's Annual Year-In-Review E-AlertJanuary 17-18, 2007Washington, D.C.Workshop and Conference with Point Carbon:"North America and The Carbon Markets"This unique event is designed to facilitate learning about the developing international and domestic carbon market.