February 2008 E-Newsletter

Pew Center on Global Climate Change E-Newsletter

February 28, 2008
In This Issue
:: Feature:
:: Remarks by Eileen Claussen
:: Coal Initiative Series: NEW Reports
:: Current Science
:: Pew's Perspective
:: Congressional
:: Climate Change 101 Series: NEW Reports
:: International
:: Upcoming Events
:: Donating to the Pew Center


Innovative Approaches to Climate Change: A State and Federal Workshop
Eileen Claussen & Gov. Bill Richardson
On February 25 and 26, 2008, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, in collaboration with the Pew Center on the States, hosted a workshop focused on state and federal action in response to climate change. The event brought together legislative staff and officials from both the state and federal levels to share their experience developing climate policies, and to discuss the appropriate roles of each level of government in implementing future national policy. Keynote speakers included Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Proceedings and Presentations

Remarks by Eileen Claussen
Eileen Claussen addresses the roles of both federal and state governments in developing and implementing national climate policy. (February 25, 2007)
Coal Initiative Series
coal plant
The Coal Initiative Series was launched by the Pew Center in 2007 to identify policy options for reducing coal-related greenhouse gas emissions.
State Options for Low-Carbon Coal Policy

The latest in the series, this white paper provides an overview of the policy options available to states to encourage the deployment of carbon capture and sequestration technologies. (February 21, 2008)

A Trust Fund Approach to Accelerating Deployment of CCS: Options and Considerations
This paper describes key elements of an administrative structure that could efficiently and effectively manage a program to accelerate deployment of carbon capture and storage. (January 2008)

Current Science


Understanding Extreme Weather and Climate Impacts in China
China Snowstorm
Recent severe snowstorms
in China caused widespread energy disruption throughout the country. This Q&A series addresse extreme weather and climate impacts in China. (February 2008)
Current Understanding of Antarctic Climate Change
At a time of dramatic warming and rapid sea ice decline in the Arctic, Antarctica has cooled slightly and sea ice has increased around it. Pew explains how climate change affects the two poles separately. (January 2008)

Pew's Perspective

Elliot Diringer discusses the COP13 in Bali and next steps for international climate negotiations. (Hosted by the German Marshall Fund, January 8, 2008)


Elliot Diringer testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the Bali Roadmap and options for a post-2012 international climate framework. (January 24, 2008)

Updated Resources for the 110th Congress Now Available:

Comparison of Economy-Wide Cap-and-Trade Proposals (January 2008)

Climate Change 101 Series

This series of brief reports are meant to provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate change topics.

Adaptation 101

The latest installment to the series, Adaptation 101 details how adaptation planning at the local, state and national levels can limit the damage caused by climate change. (February 26, 2008)


Cap and Trade 101
This report explains how a cap-and-trade program sets a clear limit on GHG emissions and minimizes the cost of achieving this target. (February 25, 2008

Pew Summary: EU Climate Proposal

On January 23, 2008, the European Commission proposed a series of EU-wide policies to implement the major energy and climate decisions taken by the European Council in March 2007.

Read the Pew Center summary of the proposal

New Facts & Figures on Emissions

The latest installment to Pew's series of Facts & Figures highlights trends in global emissions and identifies emissions levels by industry and by greenhouse gas. (February 2008)

Upcoming Events

USGBC's Carbon Reduction Webinar Series


On March 5, 2008, Pew's Director for Markets and Business Strategy Truman Semans will participate in the latest installment of USGBC's Carbon Reduction Webinar Series.

Donating to the Pew Center


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