October 19, 2006 E-Newsletter

In This Issue:

Getting Ahead of the Curve: Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change

On 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 Reports

The 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 Action

On 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 included

  • Steve Owens, Director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and
  • Bob 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 Council

On 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 Answer

St. 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.