Fw: Climate Change - Year 2004 In Review
PEW CENTER ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE E-ALERT - YEAR 2004 IN REVIEW
IN THIS ISSUE:
o Reports Released in 2004
o 2004 Events & Speeches
o 2004: Actions at the State Level
o Legislative Update for the Year 2004
o Summary of COP 10
o Upcoming Reports in 2005
REPORTS RELEASED IN 2004
The Pew Center On Global Climate Change is committed to the development
of a wide range of reports, briefs, and policy analyses that add new
facts and perspectives to the climate change debate. Reports released
this year include:
* International Climate Efforts Beyond 2012: A Survey of Approaches
* Climate Data: Insights and Observations
* Comparison of Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy and GHG Emission Standards
Around the World
* Observed Impacts of Climate Change in the U.S.
* Coping With Climate Change: The Role of Adaptation in the United States
* U.S. Market Consequences of Global Climate Change
* Coral Reefs & Global Climate Change: Potential Contributions of Climate
Change to Stresses on Coral Reef Ecosystems
To view all Pew Center Reports released in 2004, please visit:
2004 EVENTS & SPEECHES
The Pew Center hosts a variety of conferences and workshops to facilitate
dialogue among business, government, and non-governmental organizations
and to develop pragmatic policy and technological solutions.
2004 events included:
*A speech on the impact of climate change delivered to the coal industry
*A conference with senior policy makers and stakeholders on next steps
for advancing the international climate change effort
*A workshop to articulate a long-term vision for a low-carbon economy
within 50 years, jointly-sponsored by the Pew Center and the National
Commission on Energy Policy
* and more.
To read about these and other meetings held in 2004 and speeches
presented by the Honorable Eileen Claussen, please visit:
2004: ACTIONS AT THE STATE LEVEL
Highlights of state action on climate change in 2004:
* The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an effort by nine northeastern
states to cap and trade carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, has
made substantial progress towards developing a model rule, slated for
release in Spring of 2005.
* The West Coast Governors' Global Warming Initiative approved
recommendations for a coordinated climate strategy.
* Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Mexico, Maryland, and
Colorado all adopted renewable portfolio standards; Colorado voters
passed the first ballot initiative requiring renewables.
* California issued regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from
motor vehicles, implementing the Pavley bill passed by the legislature in
2002. Seven other states are set to follow these regulations if they
survive a legal challenge from the auto industry.
* The year also saw states issuing climate action plans (Maine,
Massachusetts), requiring CO2 offsets (Washington), and issuing appliance
efficiency standards (Connecticut, California, Maryland, New Jersey).
To read about these and other initiatives, visit our states news page:
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR THE YEAR 2004
Most of the climate-relevant legislation that passed in 2004 was in the
form of tax incentives for climate-friendly energy technologies.
To learn more about this legislation, please visit:
SUMMARY OF COP 10
Climate negotiators gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 6-17
for COP 10 - the Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
To read a summary of COP 10, please visit:
The Cost of U.S. Forest-based Carbon Sequestration
Expected Release Date: January 19, 2005
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