Archive for March, 2009

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Union of Concerned Scientists’ Cap-and-Trade Backgrounder
This piece provides a general overview of the cap-and-trade approach to limiting greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change. Topics include how a basic cap-and-trade program works, key elements of a well-designed cap-and-trade program, lessons from existing cap-and-trade programs, and some reasons why cap-and-trade alone is not sufficient to address the suite of issues associated with climate change.

EPA’s State and Local Governments Page
State and local governments play an important role in meeting the national goal of reducing greenhouse gas intensity by 18 percent by 2012. They are participating in national voluntary programs and initiatives, analyzing the costs and benefits of actions and developing and applying innovative programs and strategies that achieve wide-ranging benefits to businesses, the environment and public health. EPA supports states and communities in these activities by encouraging voluntary approaches and providing technical assistance and tools.

McKinsey & Company’s Climate Change Special Initiative
This British consulting firm is among the world’s leaders on economic analysis of climate change policy options.

Canadian Communities Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change
This Guidebook builds on the rich experiences of researchers within Environment Canada’s Adaptation and Impacts Research Division (AIRD) working with decision-makers on practical projects focused on climate change and sustainable development. It provides a process closely tied to on-going planning cycles to help decision-makers incorporate climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and mitigation solutions into their sustainable development initiatives. This Guidebook provides the needed assistance in help Canadians interpret the potential consequences of climate change impacts in the local context and how to develop adaptation actions and responses to address the anticipated consequences.


EPA will regulate greenhouse gases, says US climate chief (02/24/2009)

Empowering local communities through carbon credits (02/24/2009)

Fixing climate wrongs will be key to protecting human rights (02/23/2009)

NASA-Funded Carbon Dioxide Map Of U.S. Released On Google Earth (02/23/2009)

Birds’ Movements Reveal Climate Change In Action (02/20/2009)

Less water, more heat forecast for state: Report details climate change in Washington (02/11/2009)

State not ready for ‘climate refugees’: Scientists warn of migration, sickness

‘Cap and trade’ emissions bill passes out of House committee (02/18/2009)

Timber companies and environmental groups agree on the outlines of a climate plan (02/19/2009)

Reid Pushing for Climate Change Bill (02/20/2009)

Conservation groups look for a niche in climate funding (02/23/2009)

Obama puts climate and energy atop his priorities list in his first address to Congress (02/24/2009)

Turf War Looms Over Climate Bill (02/25/2009)

Budget Expects Revenue From Limits on Emissions (02/26/2009)

Lawmakers probe public lands and global warming link (03/02/2009)

Nature gets makeover in forest lab (03/02/2009)

Northwest Scientists Testify to Congress on Warming (03/04/2009)

Senate leader says energy, climate bills will be combined (03/05/2009)


Fire suppression and fuels treatment effects on mixed-conifer carbon stocks and emissions

Western Climate Initiative’s 2009-2010 Work Plan
This work plan describes the approach to operating the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) over the next 12 to 18 months. The WCI is a cooperative effort of U.S. states and Canadian provinces that are collaborating to identify policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including the design and implementation of a regional cap-and-trade program.

From 1st to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies
The current debate over biofuels produced from food crops has pinned a lot of hope on “2nd-generation biofuels” produced from crop and forest residues and from non-food energy crops. This report, produced jointly with International Energy Agency Bioenergy, examines the current state-of-the-art and the challenges for 2nd-generation biofuel technologies. It evaluates their costs and considers policies to support their development and deployment.

Smart Choices for Biofuels
This joint study by the Worldwatch Institute and the Sierra Club highlighs the need for important policy reforms increase the use of biofuels. The report outlines the economic and environmental impacts of first-generation biofuels such as corn ethanol, proposes strategies to make the biofuels industry more sustainable, and offers specific policy recommendations.

UNEP Year Book 2009: New Science and Developments in Our Changing Climate
The UNEP Year Book 2009 presents work in progress on scientific understanding of global environmental change, as well as foresight about possible issues on the horizon. The aim is to raise awareness of the interlinkages among environmental issues that can accelerate the rates of change and threaten human wellbeing. The chapters of this Year Book track the same trajectory as our awareness of environmental change. Transformations are inherent to this trajectory and are taking place on many fronts: from industrial agriculture to eco-agriculture; from a wasteful society towards a resource efficient one; and from a triad of competing interests among civil society, the private sector, and governments to a more cooperative model based on mutual benefits.

Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2007
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares the official U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks to comply with existing commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In an effort to engage the public and researchers across the country, the EPA has instituted an annual public review and comment process for this document. The availability of the draft document is announced via Federal Register Notice and is posted on the EPA web site. Copies are also mailed upon request. The public comment period is generally limited to 30 days; however, comments received after the closure of the public comment period are accepted and considered for the next edition of this annual report.


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