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DEC. 2013

In this Issue:

Growing Climate Risks

California Anniversary

Green Your Holidays

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C2ES in the News

Elliot Diringer tells Politico how new White House counselor John Podesta can help the president deliver on his climate agenda.

Eileen Claussen tells the National Journal there are opportunities beyond electricity generation for natural gas to reduce emissions.

Nick Nigro talks to ClimateWire about the climate benefits of hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Greenbiz.com quotes Eileen Claussen on how distributed power generation can improve resilience to extreme weather.

Janet Peace talks to ClimateWire about why more companies are factoring in a price on carbon emissions.

Living Green Magazine features Katie Mandes’ “Thought for Food” blog on reducing food waste over the holidays.

Winter in a warming world
A shorter snow season increases the likelihood of drought in many Western states. A warmer winter could mean a worse flu outbreak the following year. And extreme weather is taking a toll on Christmas tree farms. Winter is changing as global temperatures rise, and we must learn to adapt.

The shifting U.S. energy landscape
The United States could be energy self-sufficient by 2035 thanks to increased domestic oil and gas production and improved energy efficiency. While that’s good for the U.S. economy, explains Doug Vine, it’s a mixed bag for the environment. Our energy strategy must also include low-carbon sources and carbon capture and storage.

More on Energy and Technology

California cap and trade a year later
A year after California launched the nation’s largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system, the program is running smoothly and raising millions to help cut carbon emissions. Lucas Bifera looks at California’s successes and the challenges it faces in fitting cap and trade with its other climate policies.

More on Regions and States

The federal climate improves
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan will likely be the blueprint for U.S. climate policy for at least the next three years. Jason Ye outlines early progress, including a new federal renewable energy goal and new loan guarantees. The biggest challenge ahead will be setting standards to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.

More on Federal Policy

New reports underscore growing climate risks
This year saw the release of three notable climate reports: the draft National Climate Assessment, the first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and the National Research Council’s report on abrupt impacts of climate change. Together, they underscore the strong scientific consensus that climate change is real, its impacts are here, and some will be irreversible.

Sandy’s impacts still felt a year later
In the year since Hurricane Sandy, affected areas have tried to balance the desire to restore damaged coastal communities with the obligation to prevent future disasters. With growing coastal populations and rising sea levels, Sandy demonstrated the need to strengthen infrastructure and steer development out of harm’s way.

More on Science and Impacts

Building business resilience
The Weathering the Storm report found that 90 percent of S&P Global 100 companies see extreme weather and climate change as current or near-term business risks. C2ES has compiled a series of videos and webinars on how some leading companies are addressing climate risks.

More on Business

A greener holiday
Make an Impact has tips that will help you do your holiday shopping, traveling and entertaining in an eco-friendly way. Weather outside frightful? Check these home winterizing items off your list.

Pledge to save energy in 2014
If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution, consider taking one of these steps to save energy -- and money -- and leave the environment healthier for everyone.

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