General Policy

U.S. House of Representatives Considers Amendments to Eliminate Support for International Climate Change Assessment

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering amendments  that would eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  The amendments are among hundreds that would modify legislation (H.R. 1) to fund the U.S. government through 30 September 2011.  WWF and many other organizations are opposed.

Despite Emerging Climate Change Impacts in Developing Countries, House Appropriators Likely to Slash Climate Assistance Funds

As the impacts of climate change increasingly loom around the world, threatening regions of strategic importance to the U.S., House Republicans are likely to walk away from the problem.  They appear poised to cut funding that helps developing counties cope with the impacts; and that avoids much more disruptive impacts by slowing the growth in emissions from those countries. These investments are in the U.S. strategic and economic interest, creating markets for clean energy products and reducing the risk of climate disruption in key areas of the world.

Renewable Energy Can Phase Out Fossil Fuels in 40 Years

If the world continues its current trajectory for fossil fuel use, species, ecosystems and natural resources are all at risk from runaway climate change. WWF released a new report showing how the world can transition away from dirty energy sources and achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Open Letter to Congress from Scientists: "Focus the Nation on What the Science is Telling Us"

In an open letter to members of Congress on 28 January 2011, a group of distinguished scientists forcefully presents the scientific basis for action on climate change, urging Congress to "focus the nation on what the science is telling us, particularly with respect to impacts now occurring around the country." Americans must "plan and prepare" and Congress must "lead the national response."

Leaders of WWF and other Major Groups Call Upon President Obama to Back Clean Air Act in State of the Union Address

"We urge you to use your upcoming State of the Union address to underscore the critical need for the Clean Air Act’s sensible safeguards and to oppose any attempt to block, weaken, or delay its continued implementation," said the leaders of WWF and other major organizations yesterday (20 January 2011) in a letter to President Obama.  The President's address is scheduled for 9 pm EST on 25 January 2011.  

China’s Visit Could Generate Action on Climate Change

As President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao meet for China’s official state visit, watch for announcements or bilateral agreements on clean energy and climate change. It’s a major area of potential cooperation.

Back on Track with Cancun Climate Change Summit

Last month (December), the follow up to the 2009 Copenhagen climate change summit occurred in Cancun. Despite low expectations, international climate change negotiations made major progress.  

The Longer We Wait, the More Expensive Carbon and Fossil Fuel Reduction Becomes

The International Energy Agency earlier this month (November 2010) released its annual energy outlook report, providing its global energy outlook for 2035. According to the report, if global temperatures are to be kept below a 2°C (3.6°F) rise, emission reduction pledges made under the Copenhagen Accord are inadequate -- and ultimately will increase the emission-reduction costs by $1 trillion.

Pakistan Flood Provides Warning for Growing Climate Disasters

A new report released from Refugee International addresses the rising threat of climate change on vulnerable countries and populations. The report draws from the Pakistan flood as an example of the coming increase in extreme weather events from climate change and as a lesson of inadequate response and preparedness. 

Clean Energy Industry: The One that Got Away?

Will the clean energy industry be considered America’s biggest missed opportunity of the 21st century? According to a new report from Third Way, this new market will grow $2.2 trillion over the next decade. As it currently stands, the U.S. is poorly positioned to lead this up and coming market.

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