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Web resources:

EWP’s Climate Change Policy Resources for Rural Communities
http://ewp.uoregon.edu/policy/climate/
In collaboration with Good Company and the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition, the University of Oregon’s Ecosystem Workforce Program (EWP) has created a guide to help rural community leaders consider potential climate change policies and evaluate how to advocate for sustainability efforts for their communities. The guide explains the nuts and bolts of policy proposals such as cap-and-trade systems to limit greenhouse gas emissions, carbon offsets, and the expansion of “green-collar” jobs. The document also guides community members through a range of questions to consider for each policy in order to address how it may affect their community. Resources also include information about regional and state-level climate change regulatory efforts and protocols, as well as power maps to help community leaders understand the federal and congressional decision-making process as it pertains to climate change.

Articles:

Government Study Warns of Climate Change Effects (6/16/2009)
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/science/earth/16climate.html?_r=2&ref=science

Career forester named US Forest Service chief (6/17/2009)
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hbkTrRoazx3GMBlyNCUoTQE8rsGQD98SN4O02

Forest Footprint aims to Reward Companies that Save Trees (6/22/2009)
http://ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/article.news.php?component_id=6802&component_version_id=10303&language_id=12

In Close Vote, House Passes Climate Bill (6/26/2009)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062600444.html

Senate climate debate focuses on economic impact (7/7/2009)
http://thehill.com/business–lobby/senate-climate-debate-focuses-on-economic-impact-2009-07-07.html

G8 agrees to climate targets despite differences with developing nations (7/8/2009)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/08/g8-climate-carbon-emission-targets

Senate Ag panel begins to stake its claim in cap-and-trade bill (7/20/2009)
http://www.eenews.net/EEDaily/2009/07/20/1/

Reports:

Cap and Trade 101: A Climate Policy Primer
http://www.sightline.org/research/energy/res_pubs/cap-and-trade-101
In Cap and Trade 101: A Climate Policy Primer, Sightline sorts out the details on what’s emerging as the most popular and comprehensive policy solution to the enormous challenge of climate change. Sightline’s primer also looks at current bills, such as the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States
http://www.globalchange.gov/publications/reports/scientific-assessments/us-impacts/
The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. It’s also a report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels.

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