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Copenhagen Climate Summit
 
World leaders struck a new political accord at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen that provides for explicit emission pledges by all the major economies - including, for the first time, China and other major developing countries. But the deal did not chart a clear path toward a treaty with binding commitments. The basic terms of the Copenhagen Accord were brokered directly by President Obama and a handful of key developing country leaders on the final day of the two-week conference.

Find more about key elements of the Copenhagen Accord and other conference highlights in our summary.
International

International Negotiations
globeIn preparation for the climate summit in December, the Pew Center prepared its vision for a climate agreement and created an online hub for resources related to COP 15.
 
Competitiveness
In May, the Pew Center released The Competitiveness Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation Policies, a report showing only modest competitiveness impacts to energy-intensive industries under a U.S. greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program.
U.S. Federal
 

EPA Action
In the past year, the EPA has taken steps toward the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, including releasing the endangerment finding, tailoring rule, and greenhouse gas reporting rule. For more on these actions, visit our recently updated U.S. Executive Branch page.
 
Economic Recovery
Following the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Pew Center released a summary of energy-related provisions in the bill.
 
More 2009 Federal News and Analysis
Science & Impacts
 
arcticAnalyzing the Hacked Emails
Visit the Pew Center's detailed analysis of the emails hacked from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit to learn why this controversy doesn't change the scientific consensus on climate change.
 
Scientific Developments
In June, the Pew Center released a brief summarizing the key scientific developments since the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report was released in 2007.
 
Markets & Business
 
energy-efficiency-logoCorporate Energy Efficiency
Last year, the Pew Center launched the Corporate Energy Efficiency Project, a multi-year research and communications effort to identify and highlight effective methods for companies to reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. In 2010, the Pew Center will publish these findings in a report, to be released during a major conference in Chicago.

New BELC Members 
Daimler, Alstom, and CME Group joined the Business Environmental Leadership Council in 2009. 
 
More 2009 Markets & Business News
Make an Impact
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Entergy joined Make an Impact in June, conducting workshops throughout the south and linking employees and communities to energy efficiency tips and tools through its website.
 
Make an Impact founder, Alcoa, capped the first program year with its largest Make an Impact event ever, drawing more than 1,500 people to its South Carolina facility.
Congressional

capitolEnergy and Climate Legislation
From the the Waxman-Markey House climate bill in June to the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman proposal released in December, the Pew Center has tracked, summarized, and analyzed key elements of these major pieces of climate and energy legislation.  Click here for more information. 
 
Congressional Briefings
Over the past year, the Pew Center has briefed congressional staff and the media on a variety of issues regarding federal climate policy, including carbon market oversight, the role of state governments, and implications for the agricultural sector. Check out our video archive of these events.
 
USCAP
 
uscap logoRecommendations
In January 2009, USCAP issued a Blueprint for Legislative Action, which includes a detailed framework for legislation to address climate change. Many elements of the Blueprint were later incorporated into H.R. 2454, the House-passed climate bill.

Economic Modeling
In December, USCAP released the results of extensive economic modeling of the economic impacts of climate legislation. The models indicate that a well designed climate policy is compatible with robust economic growth of about 2.7 percent per year.
 
Technology

techbook logoClimate TechBook
In June, the Pew Center launched Climate TechBook, a guide to existing and emerging low-carbon technologies. The online resource features overviews of the key economic sectors that produce greenhouse gases and factsheets on technologies that can address them.   
  
Wind and Solar
A report, entitled Wind and Solar Electricity, Challenges and Opportunities, examines three primary obstacles to deployment of wind and solar power: cost, variability of generation, and lack of transmission. The report was released in June.
 
Pew Perspectives

climate-compass-logoClimate Compass
In September, the Pew Center launched Climate Compass, a blog that features timely viewpoints and insights from the Center's expert staff.
 
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Adaptation

dried-mudUpdated State Plans 
Last summer, the Pew Center updated its white paper on actions taken at the state and regional levels to address climate change adaptation.
 
Congressional Testimony
In October, Pew's Steve Seidel testified before Congress about what the federal government should be doing to prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change.
 
 Pew Center Reports
 
To order a FREE copy of a Pew Center report, please email reportorder@pewclimate.org with your name, mailing address, and requested report title(s).
 
 
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