July 25, 2008 E-Newsletter


This year the Pew Center on Global Climate Change celebrates ten years of providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change.

Established in 1998 as a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, the Center has become a leading voice for sensible action to address the most pressing global environmental problem of the 21st century.

Highlighting the broad mix of approaches required to tackle the climate challenge, the Pew Center has produced nearly 100 reports and an even wider collection of white papers and briefs by noted climate experts covering a range of critical topics including economics, environmental impacts, policy, science, business, technology and solutions.

Read John Fialka's ClimateWire profile of the Pew Center

BELC Gains Two New Members; Adopts New Principles

On July 15, 2008, BASF Corporation and Deere & Company joined the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC).

The BELC is the largest U.S.-based association of corporations focused on addressing the challenges of climate change and supporting mandatory climate policy.

Read the BELC's new guiding principles


India Releases National Action Plan on Climate Change

Read a Pew Center summary of India's first National Action Plan on Climate Change that identifies eight core missions and outlines mitigation and adaptation policies and programs. (June 30, 2008)

USCAP Unveils International Policy Principles

The U.S. Climate Action Partnership issued principles and recommendations regarding U.S. policy addressing international climate issues and negotiations.

The Pew Center is a founding member of USCAP, an influential business-NGO coalition calling on Congress to establish a mandatory national climate policy. (July 23, 2008)


Biofuels for Transportation: A Climate Perspective

The newest paper from the Pew Center offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their greenhouse gas emissions, and associated policy issues. (June 30, 2008)

Carbon Capture and Storage Early Deployment Act (H.R. 6258)

Capitol-HillSponsored by Rep. Frederick Boucher, H.R. 6258 would establish a trust fund for the research, development, and deployment of commercial-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage for fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Pew Center letter in support of H.R. 6258

Relevant White Papers:
State News

Georgia Court Rejects Proposed Coal-Fired Plant Over GHG Emissions Concerns

In a first for Georgia, a Superior Court judge revoked a permit for construction of a proposed 1200-megawatt coal-fired power plant due to concerns over CO2 emissions. (June 30, 2008)
Florida Governor Signs Energy and Climate Change Bill

On June 25, 2008, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law House Bill 7135, enacting several new energy and climate change policies.

Among the policies included is the Florida Climate Protection Act, which authorizes the development of an electric-utility greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program.

More state and regional news

Pew Perspectives

Pew Center Staff in the Media

Elliot Diringer provides analysis of the G8 meeting in Japan on Living on Earth. (July 11, 2008)

Eileen Claussen participates in a National Journal Energy Policy Forum with representatives of the McCain and Obama campaigns. (July 15, 2008)

See more of Pew in the media

Upcoming Events

November 12-14, 2008
Washington, DC

Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008 will take place in the heart of political decision making, the week following the U.S. presidential election.

The event will involve key decision makers in the forthcoming U.S. Administration and Congress and provide participants with a fresh analysis on climate policy and carbon markets in North America. It will offer key insights into how federal policy changes are likely to affect regional cap-and-trade schemes in North America, the global carbon market, and emissions trading around the world.

Click here to Register and to get more information about the conference.

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