In This Issue:
"The Day After Tomorrow," a new movie being released this Friday, May 28, is loosely based on the theory of "abrupt climate change." As a result of global warming, the Gulf Stream (part of the Atlantic thermohaline circulation) shuts down. The North Atlantic region starts to cool while heat builds up in the tropics. The result is a severe storm, the likes of which have never been seen, and a dramatic change in the global climate. Could it really happen? 
Eileen Claussen recently spoke at the American Coal Council's Spring Forum in Dallas, Texas. Her message was simple: Coal's place in the U.S. and global energy mix in the decades to come will depend largely on the industry's ability to develop the technologies that will allow us to achieve dramatic reductions in carbon emissions from coal generation. Read the speech. 
Roughly 100 government, business and environmental community leaders and climate-change experts participated in a Pew Center workshop to develop a long-term vision for a low-carbon economy within 50 years. Discussions covered the technologies, industrial processes and government policies needed in the short and medium term to achieve it.
Eileen Claussen recently spoke about the workshop at the 2004 EnvironDesign8 Conference  in Minneapolis (May 18, 2004)
A new Pew Center report, "A Synthesis of Potential Climate Change Impacts on the United States ," details the possible effects of global climate change on health, natural resources and various economic sectors of the United States.
A new Pew Center report, "U.S. Market Consequences of Global Climate Change ," gives an in-depth analysis of the potential effects of climate change on the U.S. economy.
In the absence of action at the federal level, many states are taking the lead in curbing GHG emissions. For example:
To learn more about these and other steps taken at the state level .
An updated report, "Climate Change Activities in the U.S., 2004 Update ," details recent steps taken to address climate change in Congress, the states and in the business community.
"Coping with Climate Change: The Role of Adaptation in the United States "
Expected Release: June 2004