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  • 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.
  • In This Issue:Implications of the 2006 Elections for U.S. Climate PolicyUN Climate Change Conference Convenes in NairobiImplications of the 2006 Elections for U.S. Climate PolicyThe 2006 elections have significantly improved the prospects of rational climate policy in the United States. While it is not yet clear how many of the newly-elected senators and representatives are prepared to vote for mandatory climate change measures, the new Democratic congressional majority puts control of the agenda in the hands of policymakers who, to a large extent, favor climate action.Read the Pew Center's analysis of how the elections held on November 7 will impact United States climate policy.UN Climate Change Conference Convenes in NairobiLearn about what is being discussed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, November 6-17, as well as the Pew Center's activities there.Read the Pew Center's coverage of events in Nairobi.
  • In This Issue:Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate ChangeClimate Change 101 – New Series of Introductory ReportsState Leaders Convene for Two-Day Summit on State-Level Climate ActionBank of America Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilClimate Change: The State of the Question and the Search for the AnswerGetting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate ChangeOn October 18, the Pew Center released a new report, “Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change,” which serves as a “how to” guide for corporate decision makers as they navigate rapidly-changing global markets.Based on the results of a 100-question survey completed by 31 companies, the report presents an in-depth look at the development and implementation of corporate strategies that take into account climate-related risks and opportunities. It also presents highly detailed case studies of the climate change business strategies of Alcoa, Cinergy (now Duke Energy), DuPont, Shell, Swiss Re, and Whirlpool Corporation.Read the report.Read the press release.Climate Change 101 - New Series of Introductory ReportsThe Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Pew Center on the States have released the first three in a series of brief reports entitled "Climate Change 101". These papers are meant to be an accessible introduction to a variety of climate-related topics. The first three in the series cover climate change science and impacts, potential technological solutions and state action on climate change. Upcoming papers in the series will cover local government action, business engagement and international solutions, and are expected to be released in November 2006.Read more about and download the Climate Change 101 brief reports.State Leaders Convene for Two-Day Summit on State-Level Climage ActionOn October 10 and 11, 2006, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, in collaboration with the Pew Center on the States, hosted a workshop on state and regional action in response to climate change.Governor Brian Schweitzer(D-Montana) delivered the keynote address.Other speakers at the two-day conference includedSteve Owens, Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality andBob Simon, Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.View presentations from the workshop. Bank of America Joins Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilOn October 17, Bank of America joined the Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and its efforts to address global climate change.One of the world’s leading financial institutions, Bank of America adopted a climate change position recognizing that “climate change and atmospheric pollution represent a risk to the ultimate stability and sustainability of our way of life.” The company has set a goal to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 9 percent from 2004 levels by 2009.Read the press release.Read more about Bank of America.Climate Change: The State of the Question and the Search for the AnswerSt. John’s University in New York, October 5, 2006, Eileen Claussen examines why so little is being done to address climate change, even though the science is certain and the solutions exist.Read the speech.
  • In This Issue:New Reports Show Role of Farms, Forests in Reducing Global WarmingPew Center Testifies Before House Science CommitteeUpcoming Report: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate ChangeNew Reports Show Role of Farms, Forests in Reducing Global WarmingAmerica's farms and forestlands have a major role to play in reducing the threat of climate change, according to two reports released by the Pew Center. Changes in agricultural practices coupled with foresting marginal agricultural lands could offset up to one-fifth of current U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time creating potential new sources of farming income. In addition, the nation could reduce emissions by 10 to 25 percent by replacing fossil fuels with biofuels made from agricultural crops.The two reports, Agricultural and Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies by Kenneth R. Richards, R. Neil Sampson, and Sandra Brown and Agriculture's Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation by Keith Paustian, John M. Antle, John Sheehan, and Eldor A. Paul, were released September 21.While the first paper focuses on policy options, the companion report reviews the economic and technological opportunities available to farmers. Together these reports provide a comprehensive review of the role of U.S. forest and agricultural lands in a domestic climate change program.Read the reports:Agricultural and Forest Lands: Carbon Policy Strategies for the United StatesThe Role of Agriculture in Greenhouse Gas MitigationPew Center Testifes Before House Science CommitteeOn September 20, 2006, Judi Greenwald, Director of Innovative Solutions for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, testified before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science at a hearing on the Department of Energy's Plan for Climate Change Technology Program."Given that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have risen steadily, despite fifteen years of voluntary efforts, the national program will need to include mandatory reductions. Simply creating a supply of carbon-reduction technologies does not mean there will be a demand for them. A mandatory constraint on emissions, on the other hand, will make emissions reductions financially valuable to the individual producing them, creating a demand for emissions-reducing technologies in the marketplace."-Judi Greenwald before Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on ScienceRead the full testimony.Upcoming Report: Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate ChangeNew report: "Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies That Address Climate Change"Release date: October 18, 2006The report is a detailed "how to" guide to help corporate decision makers formulate effective business strategies that integrate factors related to climate change. Drawing directly from the experience of climate leaders from the world's leading companies, it is also a resource for policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders as they interpret corporate climate risk, opportunity, and action.
  • In This IssuePew Center Unveils New Business Web ResourcesCalifornia Passes Landmark Legislation and Other States NewsUpcoming Pew Center EventsPew Center Unveils New Business Web ResourcesOver the past eight years, the Pew Center has worked with its Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) to shape policy and chart practical solutions to climate change.The Pew Center has revamped the business section of its website to provide fresh information on climate change issues facing the business community. In addition to extensive coverage of the Pew Center's BELC, the website now provides a Business and Climate Resources site complete with news articles, reports by leading organizations, and a listing of business-climate events.Visit the Business and Climate Resources site.Read current news articles on business and climate.Download reports by leading organizations on business impacts and opportunities from climate change.View a listing of upcoming business-climate events.Learn more about the Pew Center's BELC.California Passes Landmark Legislation and Other States NewsCalifornia, the world's twelfth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, passes landmark legislation to cap all greenhouse gas emissions from major industries at 1990 levels by 2020.Read the Pew Center's coverage of this story.The seven Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative agree to regulations for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants.Read more on this story.Other states news from across the US.Table of state initiatives now available.Upcoming Pew Center EventsNew agriculture reports: "Agricultural and Forestlands: U.S. Carbon Policy Strategies" and "Agriculture's Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation"Release date: September 21, 2006These reports provide a comprehensive review of the role of U.S. forest and agricultural lands in a domestic climate change program.New report: "Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change"Release date: October 18, 2006The report is a detailed "how to" guide to help corporate decision makers formulate effective business strategies that integrate factors related to climate change. Drawing directly from the experience of climate leaders from the world's leading companies, it is also a resource for policymakers, investors, and other stakeholders as they interpret corporate climate risk, opportunity, and action.Workshop and Conference with Point Carbon: "North America and The Carbon Markets"January 17-18, 2007Washington, D.C.This unique event is designed to help facilitate learning about the developing international and domestic carbon market.
  • In This IssueMarsh, Inc. Joins the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership CouncilOther Recent Pew Center Business DevelopmentsPew Center Welcomes First Insurance Services Firm, Marsh, Inc., to its Business Environmental Leadership CouncilThe Pew Center on Global Climate Change announced today that Marsh, Inc. has joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) and its efforts to understand and address the impacts of global climate change.Marsh, the world's leading risk and insurance services firm, recognizes climate change to be one of the most significant emerging risks affecting businesses worldwide, and has urged its clients and other companies to take action to address the issue.Read the press release."Climate change is a complex global issue at the intersection of science, risk, and public policy. It is a challenge that our clients - and the world - will face for a very long time. Our collaboration with the Pew Center, and the leading companies that work with it, is an important step in our long-term commitment to addressing this issue."-Marsh, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian StormsRead more about Marsh, Inc.Read about the Business Environmental Leadership Council.Other Recent Pew Center Business DevelopmentsThe Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC) is the largest U.S. based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change, with 41 members representing $2 trillion in market capitalization and over 3 million employees.Weyerhaeuser announced a significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal in June. By using biomass as an energy source for its mills, Weyerhaeuser aims to reduce its absolute emissions of greenhouse gases 40% by 2020.Read about this announcement.BP and DuPont partnered to bring the next generation of biofuels to the market. The two companies are developing new biotechnology processes aimed at enabling biobutanol to be easily produced in markets around the world competitively with traditional biofuels.Read about this partnership.
  • Race to the Top: The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards - New Solutions ReportA growing portion of U.S. states' electricity is being provided by renewable energy, according to a report released today by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. States are using increasingly aggressive and ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in order to spur economic development and create a reliable and diversified supply of electricity, as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conventional pollutants.The Pew Center report, "Race To The Top: The Expanding Role of U.S. State Renewable Portfolio Standards", authored by Barry Rabe of the University of Michigan, builds on earlier Pew Center analyses of the state role in climate policy development. In addition to examining challenges and opportunities inherent in policy design and implementation, the report includes case studies of five states - Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Nevada.Read the press release.Read the report.Read the five case studies from the report:Texas: Another Gust in the Wind RushMassachusetts: One Component of a Broad Climate StrategyNevada: The Next Texas?Pennsylvania: Green as GoldColorado: Power to the PeopleDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views-representing science, business and government-in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssueScientific Evidence: Summary of Latest ResearchStates NewsU.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Historical and Current TrendsSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Climate ConferenceSpeeches: An Agenda for Climate Action & Elements of an International Approach to Climate ChangeScientific Evidence: Summary of Latest ResearchIn recent months there have been numerous scientific findings linking human activities to climate change and validating the predicted impacts of global warming. These findings, published in refereed scientific journals, have been summarized and synthesized by the Pew Center in a document entitled “Global Fingerprints of Greenhouse Warming”.Read the Pew Center's summary of the latest research, “Global Fingerprints of Greenhouse Warming”.TOPStates NewsThe Pew Center website is updated frequently with the latest information on state and regional activity on climate change.Latest Headlines:California Climate Action Team Report Calls for Reduction StrategiesMaryland Joins the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)Wisconsin Governor Signs ‘Green Buildings’ Executive OrderWatch the Pew Center’s Judi Greenwald discuss the RGGI program (link to video).*UPDATED*: March 2006 update of “Learning from State Action on Climate Change”.Read the latest news of how states are addressing climate change.TOPU.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Historical and Current TrendsBetween 1990 and 2004, United States greenhouse gas emissions increased by 16%. Since 1990, emissions have increased in every year except 1991 and 2001, both recession years. Recent EPA figures for 2004 demonstrate that GHG emissions increased 1.7% from 2003-2004, indicating that relative to 2000, emissions have increased rather than decreased.View a graph of U.S GHG Emissions from 1990 through 2004.TOPSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Climate ConferenceOn Tuesday, April 4, Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center, was one of 29 panelists to participate in a conference-style hearing before the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The subject of the hearing was design elements of a mandatory U.S. cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ms. Claussen spoke about trading and international competitiveness. Other topics included: business perspectives on climate policy design, analysis of domestic design options, and perspectives on domestic design.The Pew Center was asked to participate based on its responses to a white paper published by the Committee Chairman and top Democrat, Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-New Mexico) and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico).Read the Pew Center’s response to the white paper.Read Eileen Claussen’s opening remarks from the hearing.Read the statement by the Pew Center on the hearing.TOPSpeeches: An Agenda for Climate Action & Elements of an International Approach to Climate ChangeCalifornia Climate Action Registry’s annual conference in Dana Point, California, April 20, 2006, Eileen Claussen discussed elements of an international approach to climate change.Read the speech.Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, March 30, 2006, Eileen Claussen discussed the Pew Center's comprehensive plan for reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.Read the speech.TOPDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views—representing science, business and government—in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201TOP
  • In This IssuePew "Agenda for Climate Action" Urges Comprehensive Approach to Climate Policy Pew "Climate Dialogue at Pocantico" Praised by Senator Richard LugarPew "Agenda for Climate Action" Urges Comprehensive Approach to Climate PolicyOn Wednesday, February 8, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change released the first comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The "Agenda for Climate Action" identifies both broad and specific policies, combining recommendations on economy-wide mandatory emissions cuts, technology development, scientific research, energy supply, and adaptation with critical steps that can be taken in key sectors.The "Agenda" includes fifteen recommendations that chart a climate-friendly path for the United States. They have been designed to be both cost-effective and comprehensive. Although putting all of the recommendations into place will take time, there is a compelling need to get started. Further delay will only make the challenge before us more daunting and more costly.Read the press release.Read what business leaders say about the report.Read the report.Why do we need to act now? View a chart of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, 1990-2004.Pew "Climate Dialogue at Pocantico" Praised by Senator Richard LugarIn a major address before the UN Security Council on February 6, 2006, Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called for the United States to return to negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to achieve a comprehensive international approach to global warming. He said a "roadmap to this outcome" is contained in the recent report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico convened by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.Read Senator Lugar's remarks.Read the report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico.Donate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views--representing science, business and government--in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201
  • In This IssuePew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council GrowsCongressional ActivityState/Regional ActivityAdvancing The International Climate EffortClimate Change And Environmental ImpactsPopular Pew Center Web Content Of 2005Looking Ahead To 2006Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council GrowsDuring 2005, the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council gained three new members—Exelon, GE, and Alcan. The BELC is now the largest U.S. based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change, with forty-one members representing $2 trillion in market capitalization and over 3 million employees.Learn more about the BELC and the climate-related activities of its member companies.TOPCongressional ActivityIn 2005, the Senate negotiated the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which included several provisions for climate-friendly technologies.Read the 2005 Energy Policy Act.Two proposals for mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions were also introduced this year. Read the Pew Center's analyses of these proposals:Climate Stewardship Act of 2005, McCain (R-AZ), Lieberman (D-CT)Climate and Economy Insurance Act of 2005, Bingaman (D-NM)Comparison of McCain-Lieberman and Bingaman ProposalsConsult the Pew Center website for a complete list of bills, resolutions, and amendments related to climate change introduced in the 109th Congress.In November, Eileen Claussen testified before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on U.S. and international approaches to climate change.TOPState/Regional ActivityIn the absence of U.S. federal leadership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many U.S. states and regions have begun taking actions to address the issue of climate change. States often function as "policy laboratories," developing initiatives that serve as models for federal action. This has been especially true with environmental regulation—most federal environmental laws have been based on state models.Notable headlines from 2005 include:Seven Northeastern States Establish a Cap and Trade Program to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Power PlantsNorth Carolina Establishes Climate Change CommissionNew Mexico and California Set GHG Emission TargetsRead more about state and regional activities.TOPAdvancing the International Climate EffortAt the historic UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal earlier this month, governments concluded the decade-long round of negotiations that launched the Kyoto Protocol and opened a new round of talks to begin considering the future of the international climate effort.Read the Pew Center's summary of COP 11 and COP-MOP 1.Two weeks before the Montreal conference, the Pew Center released the Report of the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, which brought together 25 senior policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries to develop options and recommendations for advancing the international climate change effort beyond 2012.At the report's release, Senators Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Delaware) announced the introduction of a joint Sense of the Senate Resolution, S. Res. 312, calling for the United States to participate in negotiations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change to establish mitigation commitments by all major GHG-emitting countries.Download the Pocantico report.Read about the report and the Lugar-Biden resolution.For additional information on international climate efforts, consult these reports, available for download from the Pew Center Website:Climate Data: Insights and ObservationsClimate Data: A Sectoral PerspectiveImplications for U.S. Companies of Kyoto's Entry Into Force without the United States (PDF)TOPClimate Change and Environmental ImpactsIn terms of overall hurricane activity (number and intensity of storms), the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season on record. The destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma focused the world's attention on our vulnerability to extreme weather events.Read FAQs on hurricanes.In Depth Analysis: Was Hurricane Katrina a result of global warming?Read about catastrophic risk management (PDF).Pew Center Report: Observed Impacts of Global Climate Change in the U.S.TOPPopular Pew Center Web Content of 2005The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS): Insights and Observations (pdf)Towards a Climate Friendly Built EnvironmentU.S. Electric Power Sector and Climate Change MitigationPew Center on Crichton's "State of Fear"TOPLooking Ahead to 2006Agenda for Climate ActionThe scientific consensus on global climate change has only strengthened, but there is, as yet, no consensus on the appropriate portfolio of policies that are required to successfully tackle the problem. The "Agenda for Climate Action" is the Pew Center's attempt to fill that gap. It takes a comprehensive look at a suite of climate, energy, and technology policies that could provide meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions throughout the economy. Release is slated for February, 2006.TOPDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views—representing science, business and government—in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201TOP
  • In This IssueReport from Montreal: Governments Launch New Climate TalksSummary of COP 11 and COP/MOP 1 Related Pew Center MaterialsSummary of COP 11 and COP/MOP 1On December 10, after two weeks of talks, delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal concluded the decade-long round of negotiations that launched the Kyoto Protocol and opened a new round of talks to begin considering the future of the international climate effort.The meeting was a historic first - it served both as the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 11), and, following Kyoto's entry into force in February, as the 1st Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 1).Key outcomes included final adoption of the Kyoto "rulebook" and a two-track approach to consider next steps - negotiation of new binding commitments for Kyoto's developed country parties, and, under the Framework Convention, a nonbinding "dialogue on long-term cooperative action."Read the Pew Center's summary of key decisions made during COP 11 and COP/MOP 1.Report featured by the Pew Center in Montreal: International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: Report of the Dialogue at PocanticoRelated Pew Center materialsReport: Beyond Kyoto: Advancing the International Effort Against Climate Change (December 2003)Report: Climate Data: Insights and Observations (November 2004)Report: International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: A Survey of Approaches (November 2004)Report: Climate Data: A Sectoral Perspective (August 2005)Analysis: Implications for U.S. Companies of Kyoto's Entry Into Force without the United States (PDF) (January 2002)Background on the Kyoto ProtocolDonate to the Pew Center on Global Climate ChangeThe Pew Center is a public charity solely supported by grants and contributions from individuals and charitable foundations. Your donation will help us continue to do what we do best: Bring together divergent views--representing science, business and government--in an effort to find environmentally sound and economically viable solutions to global warming.Make a donation online or by mail:Pew Center on Global Climate Change2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 550Arlington, VA 22201