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Germany's Low Carbon Development Plan

Germany is to become one of the most energy-efficient and greenest economies in the world while enjoying competitive energy prices and a high level of prosperity," says the German government in Energy concept for an Environmentally Sound, Reliable and Affordable Energy Supply (2010). "At the same time, a high level of energy security, effective environmental and climate protection and the provision of an economically viable energy supply are necessary for Germany to remain a competitive industrial base in the long term.” 

The UK's Low Carbon Development Plan

The context for the UK’s low-carbon development planning was established by the Climate Change Act 2008, setting a legally binding target to reduce the UK’s emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 underpinned by a system of five-year carbon budgets. This was followed in 2009 by the five-point Low Carbon Transition Plan seeking to (1) Protect the public from immediate risk (2) Prepare for the future, (3) Limit the severity of future climate change through a new international agreement, (4) Build a low carbon U.K. (5) Support individuals, communities and businesses to play their part.  The plan on 1 December 2011 was superceded when the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change released The Carbon Plan: Delivering our Low Carbon Future.

Mexico's Low Carbon Development Plans

According to Mexico’s Special Climate Change Program (2009-2012), the measures required to “avoid irreversible risks to society and ecological systems” from climate change “are equivalent to a new Industrial Revolution.” The necessary mitigation and adaptation initiatives willreorient development towards sustainability,” producing “multiple co-benefits such as energy security, cleaner, more efficient and competitive production processes, improved air quality, and the preservation of natural resources…”

IPCC Says Essential Actions Needed to Reduce Risks of Changing Climate Extremes

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved on Friday (18 Nov 2011) a report on preparing for weather and climate extremes. The report’s summary warns that a changing climate “can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events” and says that actions ranging “from incremental steps to transformational change are essential for reducing risk from climate extremes.” The U.S. this year has experienced a record fourteen weather-related disasters each in excess of a billion dollars – and many more disasters of lesser magnitudes. Yet the U.S. has no national climate change preparedness strategy; and Federal efforts to address the rising risks have been undermined through budget cuts and other means. Though seriously constrained by the lack of strong and unified leadership in Washington, communities and others around the country nevertheless are taking commonsense actions to address the emerging impacts of increasingly disruptive climate extremes.

Former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly: On Climate Change, Cities May "Save Us From the Ideological Gridlock in Washington"

William K. Reilly, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1989-1992) under President George H.W. Bush, on Tuesday (8 November 2011) said that cities in America and the rest of the world face "an urgent need for adaptation and renewal."  Speaking at the National Building Museum after receiving its Vincent Scully Prize, he said that "the degree to which those cities are planned for long-term sustainability in the face of now-certain climate change may affect their very survival."

White House Reports on Climate Change Adaptation, as Communities Face Rising Impacts Without National Strategy

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Friday (28 October 2011) released a second annual progress report from the government’s Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.  Despite the significant progress summarized in "Federal Actions for a Climate Resilient Nation," the U.S. still has no national strategy for adapting to climate change, leaving America dangerously unprepared for climate conditions that are becoming more extreme and disruptive. With Washington (and the field of presidential candidates) largely AWOL in responding to climate change, the burden shifts to cities and towns across the country to face these growing extremes mostly on their own.  Fortunately, some communities and businesses around America  are beginning to prepare.  Unfortunately, those cities and businesses are the exception, not the rule.

Iconic Coca-Cola Red Cans Turn Arctic White

The Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund Partner to Protect the Polar Bear’s Home.

Sprint to Become Leading U.S. Wireless Telecommunications Network in Protecting the Climate

Sprint, the third largest wireless telecommunications network in the U.S., announced last week (11 Oct. 2011) that it would be undertaking ambitious emission reductions. They will be undertaking a comprehensive reduction plan that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions from their own operations (20% by 2017), but also targets emissions from device manufacturers and suppliers, customers charging their mobile devices and innovation in Sprint devices that can help consumers cut their own emissions.

NASA Reports Third Warmest June-August on Record Globally as Dramatic Videos are Released Showing Consequences for Walruses

NASA has just released global temperature data for June-August 2011, showing that it was the third warmest June-August on record, with the largest temperature departures from normal concentrated at the poles.  In the Arctic, where sea surface temperatures in some areas reached record levels in August, sea ice declined to record or near-record levels. The U.S. Geological Survey and videographer Dan Zatz released today (13 September 2011) dramatic videos of walruses hauled-out along the Alaska shoreline of the Chukchi Sea -- leaving little doubt of the epic proportions of the disruption being felt in the region as it rapidly warms.

Join Us for 24 Hours of Reality

This year has given way to record breaking weather extremes. From the Midwest blizzard that shut down Chicago to the Mississippi flooding, Texas drought and Hurricane Irene. It’s been a record year for billion-dollar disasters and these extremes are projected to become more frequent as the climate changes. On Wednesday September 14th (2011) the Climate Reality Project is showing 24 hours of reality on the climate crisis. While 2011 has provided a window into the extreme weather of the future, the event is showing the world in every time zone the reality of climate change, connecting the dots between extreme weather and climate change.

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