- Adapting to Climate Change
"Adaptation is the adjustment that society or ecosystems make to prepare for, or adjust to climate change...Adaptation, coupled with actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is essential to limiting the damages from future climate change." This EPA page provides resources for adaptation. The information is also available on the 2016 Actions and Activities Page of the Sustainable Water Resources Site here.
- May 2014 National Climate Assessment
In May 2014, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third National Climate Assessment, the authoritative and comprehensive report on climate change and its impacts in the United States. The report is presented on an interactive website - view it here.
- NOAA Global Climate Analysis 2013
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their "Global Analysis - Annual 2013," showing the year 2013 has tied with 2003 as the fourth warmest year globally since records began in 1880. The report includes global and U.S. data and covers the state of the climate, temperature, precipitation and more. To read the report, click here.
- Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases (GHG): Carbon Dioxide Injection and Geologic Sequestration
This is the link to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website for the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
- Fact Sheet: Climate Adaptation at the Federal Level
Click here to learn about the strategies the U.S. government is using within its own federal agencies regarding adaptation to climate change.
- Despite Climate Campaigners' Efforts, Germany's New Coal Boom Reaches Record Level
This article from The Global Warming Policy Foundation and Dr. Benny Peiser discusses the use of coal in Germany and some other parts of Europe.
- Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources
Presented in the January 8, 2014 Federal Register, the proposed rule that was signed in September 2013, Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, can be found here.
- Carbon Footprint of Supply Chains: A Scoping Study
A study from the Transportation Research Board defines a standardized, conceptual approach to assessing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the transportation component of supply chains, and more.
- EPA Rule Provides a Clear Pathway for Using Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies
Press release from December 19, 2013. Read it here.
- IEEE-USA Policy Position Statement: 2014 National Energy Policy Recommendations
"This statement, as approved by the IEEE-USA Board of Directors in November 2013, was developed by the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and represents the considered judgement of a group of U.S. IEEE members with expertise in the subject field."
- Best Practices for: Public Outreach and Education for Carbon Storage Projects
April 2013 (revised edition; originally published in Dec. 2009) - this manual from the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is intended to assist project developers in understanding and adopting best practices in outreach to support CO2 storage projects.
- Survey of Low-Carbon Business Innovation
June 2011 - The survey’s principal objectives were to gather key quantitative information and gauge business strategies for low-carbon innovation activities, with a particular focus on how companies perceive the associated risks and uncertainties.
- Petroleum industry guidelines for reporting greenhouse gas emissions - update
May 2011 - Recognizing the need to update the original version of the Guidelines to reflect changing practices, IPIECA and API jointly initiated the development of this second edition of the Guidelines to continue to promote credible, consistent and reliable greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and reporting practices from oil and gas operations.
- GAO Report on Climate Change Carbon Offset
Publically released March 17, 2011 - The report provides information on key challenges in assessing the quality of different types of offsets and options for addressing key challenges associated with offset quality. This information would be important if the US adopts a program to limit emissions.
- Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2009
March 2011 - report from the US Energy Information Administration, Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecasting, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC 20585
- GHG Schemes Addressing Climate Change - How ISO Standards Can Help
Jan. 2011 - Click here for info on an ISO brochure that discusses greenhouse gas (GHG) programs.
- Senate talks intensify with new carbon pricing draft expected this week
March 2010 - This E&E article by Darren Samuelsohn discusses some senators' thought on climate change legislation.
- Climate Change: Observations on Options for Selling Emissions Allowances in a Cap-and-Trade Program
Feb. 2010 - This GAO study reviews some climate change policy options.
- Global climate change and the mitigation challenge
Oct. 2009 - Frank Princiotta, EPA, discusses the needs for climate change mitigation
- EPA Finalizes the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System/Monitoring to begin in 2010
Sept. 2009 - This article from the US EPA discusses the laws for collecting greenhouse gas data.
- "U.S. EPA has sent a draft rule to the White House that could limit regulations on greenhouse gas emissions to cover only very large industrial sources"
Sept. 2009 - Scientific American article by Robin Bravender entitled "EPA Draft Greenhouse Gas Rule Focuses on Large Emitters" describes the proposed climate change rule.
- World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change
Sept. 2009 - This report by the World Bank suggests actions that can lead towards a "climate-smart" world.
- EPA Proposes additional Notice of Data Availability and Request for Comment for New Class VI Well for Carbon Sequestration
Aug. 2009 - Federal Register Volume 74, Number 68
- Realistic Costs of Carbon Capture
July 2009 - This paper by Mohammed Al-Juaied and Adam Whitmore (Harvard) looks at carbon capture costs by reviewing and comparing the available material on costs of capture for both mature technology and early plants.
- PSEG Exceeds EPA Climate Leaders Goal
July 2009 - the New Jersey energy company Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) was recognized by the federal government for meeting its carbon emissions reduction goal.
- Civil Engineering and Climate Change Protocol
June 2009 - this document from ICE, ASCE and CSCE discusses roles and priorities for civil engineers in helping mitigate climate change.
- Planning and Operating Considerations for a Carbon Constrained Grid
April 2009 - this presentation to Central Virginia IEEE by Harold Adams (Project Director - Business Development, Dominion Resources Services) highlighted basic bulk power system operating characteristics that affect utilization of new resources.
- EPA Proposes Greenhouse Gases Reporting Rule
March 2009 - this article describes "the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the United States." Also, see Federal Register Volume 74, Number 68 for more information.
- "U.N. 'Climate Change' Plan Would Likely Shift Trillions to Form New World Economy"
March 2009 - This Fox News article describes the significance of a United Nations climate change document.
- Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Framing the Issues for Regulation
January 2009 - this intermi report from the CCSReg Project examines the issues that the CCSReg project team believes must be considered if CCS is to be safely and effectively developed.
- Giles Nominated as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
2009 - Click here to view the committee hearing entitled, "Hearing on the Nominations of Mathy Stanislaus, Cynthia Giles, and Michelle DePass to be Assistant Administrators at EPA.”
- Development of Baseline Data and Analysis of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Petroleum-Based Fuels
2008 - Timothy J. Skone, P.E., Kristin Gerdes, Office of Systems, Analyses and Planning, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy - "This study develops a comprehensive and transparent baseline for the life cycle GHG emissions from conventional petroleum-based transportation fuels sold or distributed in the United States in the year 2005."
- "Looking Ahead: The Future of Federal Climate Change Law"
2008 - Morgan Lewis discusses what the Obama administration will bring for climate change.
- Federal Actions Will Greatly Affect the Viability of Carbon Capture and Storage As a Key Mitigation Option
2008 - GAO examined the barriers impeding deployment of CCS technology and the actions the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies are taking to overcome these barriers.
- Joint Science Academies Statement: Climate Change Adaptation and the Transition to a Low Carbon Society
2008 - this statement from multiple science academies suggests actions to take to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- Demands of Emission Standards on the US Domestic Energy Portfolio: Regional transition options for a cleaner future
2008 - This report by Marc Santos, 2008 ASME WISE (Washington Internship for Students of Engineering) intern, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "investigates the potential of emission-free technology options for the U.S. and the limitations associated with their implementation."
- Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost?
2007 - the U.S. Greenhouse Gas Abatement Mapping Initiative Executive Report by Jon Creyts, Anton Derkach, Scott Nyquist, Ken Ostrowski, and Jack Stephenson
- Environmental Effects of Increases Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
2007 - this report by A.B. Robinson, N.E. Robinson & W. Soon (Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine) was published in the Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons, Vol. 12, pp. 79-90, 2007
- Thinking Strategically: The Appropriate Use Of Metrics For The Climate Change Science Program
2005 - Book by Committee on Metrics for Global Change Research Climate Research Committee Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Division on Earth and Life Studies; The National Academies Press; Washington, D.C.
- Advanced Technology Paths to Global Climate Stability: Energy for a Greenhouse Planet
2002 - Martin I. Hoffert, Ken Caldeira, Gregory Benford, David R. Criswell, Christopher Green, Howard Herzog, Atul K. Jain, Haroon S. Kheshgi, Klaus S. Lackner, John S. Lewis, H. Douglas Lightfoot, Wallace Manheimer, John C. Mankins, Michael E. Mauel, L. John Perkins, Michael E. Schlesinger, Tyler Volk, and Tom M. L. Wigley, Science 1 November 2002: Vol. 298. no. 5595, pp. 981 - 987
- The Road to the New Energy Economy
Sponsored by Discover, IEEE-USA, NSF, and ASME, this is series of video briefings looking towards a lower-carbon energy future.
- The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040
This 2015 report by ExxonMobil can be found here.
- Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy
2013 edition of the International Energy Agency's roadmap on wind energy
- Eastern Wind Integration and Transmission Study
Feb. 2011 (Revised) - prepared for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) by EnerNex Corporation, this study was designed to answer questions regarding a range of issues related to a 20% wind scenario for the large portion of the electric load in the Eastern Interconnection.
- Expanding Biofuel Production: Sustainability and the Transition to Advanced Biofuels: Summary of a Workshop
2010 - Book by Patricia Koshel, Kathleen McAllister, and the National Research Council looks at the effects of biofuel production and use on water quality and quantity, soils, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, public health, and the economic viability of rural communities (National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.)
- DOE's website to share energy technology info with the public
2009 - In collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other National Labs, the DOE developed the Open Energy Information Platform (www.openEI.org), which includes clean energy resorces and data sets. Read more about it here.
- HR 2454 ‘‘American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009’’ (Waxman Markey)
Passed on June 26, 2009, the ACES (Waxman-Markey) Act is addresses national climate change by establishing an economy-wide, greenhouse gas (GHG) cap-and-trade system and other measures. Read more about it here.
- "Deep in Bedrock, Clean Energy and Quake Fears"
June 23, 2009 - This New York Times article by James Glanz discusses some companies' exploration into geothermal energy. Read the article here.
- Breaking Our Dependence on Oil by Transforming Transportation
May 2012 - IEEE-USA released an addendum to its National Energy Policy Recommendations, which expands on the transportation aspects of the recommendation.
- Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
2010 - Book by the Committee to Assess Fuel Economy Technologies for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, the National Research Council, and the Transportation Research Board that evaluates various technologies and methods that could improve the fuel economy of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, transit buses, and work trucks. (The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.)
- Discerning the Pathway to Implementation of a National Mileage-Based Charging System
2009 - James M. Whitty and John R. Svadlenak, Oregon Department of Transportation, wrote this section in "Special Report 299: Reducing Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Consumption: A Research Agenda" to explore the technical and political feasibility of road use metering and mileage charging.
- Adaptation Research Programs and Funding
2009 - Sue McNeil, University of Delaware, proposed a research program and activities in this segment of "Special Report 299: Reducing Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Consumption: A Research Agenda."
- Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Energy Mitigation for the Transportation Sector
2009 - Cynthia J. Burbank, Parsons Brinckerhoff, prepared this paper for "Special Report 299: Reducing Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Consumption: A Research Agenda" to recommend a program toresearch and evaluate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
- "Plug-in autos charged overnight OK for grid"
2009 - This Reuters article discusses plug-in hybrid vehicles.
- A Scenario for a Secure Transportation System Based on Fuel From Biomass
2008 - This article presents a scenario to meet the future fuel needs of the U.S. ground transportation system that does not require hydrogen, can use existing technology, and eventually transition to ethanol from biomass.
- Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation
2008 - This is Transportation Research Board Special Report 290. Of particular interest may be Appendix B, Contribution of U.S. Transportation Sector to Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Assessment of Mitigation Strategies (pg. 210). Commissioned papers for SR290 include:
Case Study of the Transportation Sector's Response to and Recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (Lance R. Grenzeback and Andrew T. Lukmann, Cambridge Systematics, 2007)
Climate Variability and Change with Implications for Transportation (Thomas C. Peterson, Marjorie McGuirk, Tamara G. Houston, Andrew H. Horvitz, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Michael F. Wehner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2006)
Design Standards for U.S. Transportation Infrastructure: The Implications of Climate Change (Michael D. Meyer, Georgia Tech, 2006)
Operational Responses to Climate Change Impacts (Stephen C. Lockwood, PB Consult, 2006)
Transportation Planning, Climate Change, and Decisionmaking Under Uncertainty (James A. Dewar and Martin Wachs, 2006)
- "Natural Gas Tilts at Windmills in Power Feud"
March 2010 - Russell Gold in Wall Street Journal - This article discusses a debate on regulations for wind power.
- Applying Large Scale Post Combustion CO2 Capture: the Implications for New and Existing Power Plants
Based on a presentation delivered by Des Dillon (EPRI) at the CCS Workshop on May 11, 2009, this presentation was delivered by Bryan Hannegan (EPRI) to the US Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 13, 2009.
- CCS Workshop Presentation
R.G. Hilton, Alstom, May 11, 2009
- Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Framing the Issues for Regulation
Dec. 2008 - An Interim Report from the CCSReg Project
- Community Acceptance of Carbon Capture and Sequestration Infrastructure: Siting Challenges
July 2008 - a report for Congress by Paul W. Parfomak (Congressional Research Service, Resources, Science and Industry Division)
- Re-Powering America's Land: Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land and Mining Sites
2008 - Factsheet from the US Environmental Protection Agency