Archive for June, 2009

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Redefining Progress Newsletters
Redefining Progress partners with grassroots organizations, policymakers, businesses, labor unions, and educators to empower people and strengthen communities throughout the United States through unbiased research, innovative tools, and smart solutions. The organization’s newsletter provide updates on developments in sustainable and equitable economic development.

The Climate TechBook
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change assembled this guide to low-carbon technology options. Greenhouse gas emissions come from diverse sources across the economy. The magnitude of emissions and diversity of sources means that no single technology, policy, or behavioral change will be able to “solve” climate change. Rather, a portfolio of solutions is needed. A wide range of technologies already exist, or are currently under development, to facilitate greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Weathervane, a digital forum on climate policy from environmental economics think tank Resources for the Future, has long been valued by journalists and policymakers for providing nonpartisan, rigorous, and straightforward analysis of key climate issues.


Government Study Warns of Climate Change Effects (6/16/2009)

Senate Committee Looks to Complete Energy Bill Markup as Floor Battles Await (6/15/2009)

Lawmakers in Farm Belt Try to Steer Climate Bill (6/12/2009)

Climate change may displace up to 200 million (6/10/2009)

Vilsack advocates for carbon credits (6/4/2009)

No Climate Change Fix without New Land Use, Farming Policies (6/4/2009)

California forests hold one answer to climate change (6/1/2009)

Climate Bill Clears Hurdle, but Others Remain (5/21/2009)


Global Warming’s Six Americas 2009: An Audience Segmentation Analysis
This report introduces how different American audiences perceive climate change by briefly describing each audience and highlighting how they differ from one another; it concludes with detailed demographic, attitudinal, and behavioral profiles of each group. This research provides essential knowledge that can be leveraged by climate educators and communicators throughout American society, including local, state, and national governments, academic institutions, environmental organizations, businesses, faith groups, doctors and scientists, and the media. Successfully addressing this challenge will require a diversity of messages, messengers, and methods, each tailored to meet the needs of different target audiences. This research provides a solid foundation, grounded in social science, to facilitate the changes required to achieve a transition to a low-carbon future.

The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap
The “Climate Gap” is the sometimes hidden and often unequal impact climate change will have on people of color and the poor in the United States. This report helps to document the Climate Gap, connecting the dots between research on heat waves, air quality, and other challenges associated with climate change. It also explores how we might best combine efforts to both solve climate change and close the Climate Gap — including an appendix focused on California’s global warming policy and a special accompanying analysis of the federal-level American Clean Energy Security Act.

State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2009
This report was created to answer fundamental questions about the voluntary carbon markets such as transaction volumes, credit prices, project types, locations, and the motivations of buyers in this market. Over the past several years, these markets have not only become an opportunity for citizen consumer action, but also an alternative source of carbon finance and an incubator for carbon market innovation. As the voluntary carbon markets have rapidly gained traction, the answers, to these questions have become increasingly important to investors, policymakers, and environmentalists alike.


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