Pew Center on Global Climate 2010 Year in Review Newsletter
Solutions in Steps, Not Leaps

Eileen Claussen reflects on climate change highs and lows of 2010, and looks ahead to the prospects for action in 2011. She shares her candid views about how we must learn from the “lessons of the past year and work for more modest victories now that can keep us on the path to longer-term solutions.”


Cancun Delivers
Countries agree to put aside for now issues that have stalemated international climate talks for years and approve decisions to advance the multilateral climate framework.

Evolutionary Approach
In December, the Pew Center released The Evolution of Multilateral Regimes: Implications for Climate Change. The new report examines why and how most international regimes evolve gradually, rather than through dramatic step-changes.

More 2010 International News & Analysis

Science & Impacts

Advancing Adaptation 
In April, the Pew Center released Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership, which provides concrete proposals for “mainstreaming” climate change adaptation within and across the federal government. This report was followed up by Climate Change Adaptation: What Federal Agencies are Doing in November. 

Extreme Weather
In 2010, the world experienced a number of extreme weather events, from unprecedented blizzards on the U.S. East Coast to the Russian heat wave and flooding in Pakistan. These events can teach us about our individual and societal vulnerabilities and the real costs of climate change. More on extreme weather and the associated risks.

More 2010 Science & Impacts News

Communicating Climate Change

Attitudes on Climate Change
At December’s Cancun climate conference, the Mexican Government and the Pew Center released survey results showing the need to generate stronger public support for global climate action. Key findings included the influence of media coverage in shaping the climate debate.

Communicating Climate Change Risks
A recent article the Pew Center added to its Communicating Climate Change resources page argues that it is important to understand the different aspects of risk perception to gain public support for climate change adaptation.

Business & Markets

Corporate Energy Efficiency
In April, the Pew Center published From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency, part of the Energy Efficiency Project launched at the Energy Efficiency Conference in Chicago and includes workshops throughout the country.

Call for American Leadership
The Pew Center joined a broad, diverse coalition of 93 organizations in an ad calling for Democrats and Republicans to unite behind bi-partisan national energy and climate legislation that increases our security and limits emissions, as it preserves and creates jobs. Click here for more on the advertisement.

More 2010 Business & Markets News

Technology Solutions 

Jobs and Opportunities
A new brief on clean energy markets explores how a meaningful climate and energy policy in the United States can help create jobs and generate economic growth.

Driving Low-Carbon Solutions
In January, the Center detailed technologies likely to enable a low-carbon future by mid-century and identified near-term policy options to help “push” and “pull” these technologies to market.

More 2010 Technology Solutions News


Cost Benefit Analysis and Beyond
In March, the Pew Center convened an expert workshop to examine the limitations and future development needs for analyzing the benefits of avoided climate change. In May, we released the workshop proceedings to inform the development of a set of practical recommendations that decision makers could employ in the near term and to outline new approaches to improve decision-making tools over time.

Market Mechanisms
This paper explores the benefits of a GHG cap-and-trade program, arguing that it’s the most environmentally and economically effective policy approach.

More 2010 Economics News

States & Regions

State Leaders
Our U.S. Climate Policy maps include looks at state laws and regulations that provide financial incentives for CCS and affect plug-in electric vehicles. For more on state climate maps, visit here.

Governing Fuel Standards
In January, governors from 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which commits states to work together and establish a regional low carbon fuel standard framework by 2011. Click here for more on state news.

More 2010 States & Regions News


GHG Regulation
In the past year, the EPA pursued several approaches to tackling greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The Pew Center tracks EPA's actions, and our Executive Branch Action page has the latest updates.

BACT Guidance
The Pew Center summarizes EPA's recently released guidance to be used in implementing best available control technology requirements for regulating greenhouse gases.

More 2010 Federal News and Analysis

The Need to Act Now
The Case for Action: Creating a Clean Energy Future calls for strong action now to reduce the risks of climate change, strengthen our energy independence, protect our national security, and create new jobs and economic opportunities. The report was released in May.

International Negotiations
The Pew Center released three new briefs in Cancun to help further the discussion on international finance and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).

More 2010 Publications
Pew Perspective

Loading the Dice
Pew Center’s senior scientist, Jay Gulledge, discusses the connection between national security and climate change on E&ETV's OnPoint, using this summer's extreme weather as an example.

Cancun views
In Environmental Finance’s November issue, Eileen Claussen writes that international negotiators need to take steps toward meaningful action in Cancun. She says real reductions in emissions at all levels and an effective, ratifiable global climate agreement are necessary for progress. 
Make an Impact

Bank of America joined Make an Impact in April, adding 300,000 associates to the reach of the program. Launch workshops spanned from Austin, TX, to London, UK, linking associates and communities to energy efficiency tips and tools through the Make an Impact website

Across its three partners: Alcoa, Entergy, and Bank of America, users of the carbon calculator have indentified over 4.5 million lbs of potential carbon savings and an average of $1,300 per family in savings. 

Social Media

In September, the Center’s blog, Climate Compass, turned one. During the past year, Pew Center staff wrote about extreme weather events, transportation, and the midterm elections.
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This year, the Pew Center launched a social media effort. Now you can keep up to date with Pew Center news on Facebook and Twitter.

In March, the Pew Center was named top environmental think tank in a global survey of hundreds of scholars and experts conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more about this honor.
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