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Kyoto Protocol

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and associated actions taken and decisions adopted by the Third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) (231KB PDF file)
"U.S. Position on Climate Change"
Remarks by Dr. Harlan L. Watson to the Fundacion Gas Natural and Spain's Ministry of Environment at the International Seminar on "Climate Change: International Agreements and Mitigation Alternatives," 29 November 2001 (104KB PDF file)
Our Changing Planet - The FY 2002 US Global Change Research Program
An annual report by the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science and Technology Council. Our Changing Planet describes the US Global Change Research Program for FY 2002. Federal Agency activities and funding levels are presented. A printed copy of this publication can be obtained without charge by mail from GCRIO (see contact information at bottom of page) or by using our on-line document request form.
"Delivering Kyoto: Can Europe Do It? Political, Industrial and Environmental Dimensions"
Remarks by Dr. Harlan L. Watson to The Royal Institute of International Affairs Conference, 2 October 2001 (99KB PDF file)
U.S. Climate Change Research Initiative / U.S. Climate Change Technology Initiative
The President announced his first set of actions implementing initiatives to advance the science of climate change, to spur technological innovation, and to promote cooperation in the Western Hemisphere and beyond.
DOT Center for Climate Change & Environmental Forecasting: Strategic Plan for 2001-2005
The Center is the focal point in the DOT of expertise on transportation and climate change. Through strategic research, policy analysis, partnerships and outreach, the Center creates comprehensive and multi-modal approaches to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases and to mitigate the effects of global climate change on the transportation network.
US Senate Hearing on Climate Change Technology and Policy Options, 10 July 2001 (25KB PDF file)
Testimony of David L. Evans, Assistant Administrator, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (10 July 2001).
Text of a Letter from the President to Senators Hagel, Helms, Craig, and Roberts
"...My Administration takes the issue of global climate change very seriously...As you know, I oppose the Kyoto Protocol because it exempts 80 percent of the world, including major population centers such as China and India, from compliance, and would cause serious harm to the U.S. economy..." (18KB PDF file)
DOE Energy Information Admistration Annual Energy Outlook 2001 (2MB PDF file)
The Annual Energy Outlook 2001 presents midterm forecasts of energy supply, demand, and prices through 2020 prepared by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The projections are based on results from EIA’s National Energy Modeling System (NEMS).
Current United States Actions to Address Climate Change
The President directed a Cabinet-level Working Group to review U.S. climate change policy. The Working Group produced this report containing its initial findings, including (1) summaries of current U.S. actions; (2) an analysis of the Kyoto Protocol; and (3) proposals to advance the science, advance technologies, and create partnerships in the Western Hemisphere and throughout the world to address climate change.
Climate Change Science - An Analysis of Some Key Questions
The warming of the Earth has been the subject of intense debate and concern for many scientists, policy-makers, and citizens for at least the past decade. Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions, a new report by a committee of the National Research Council, characterizes the global warming trend over the last 100 years, and examines what may be in store for the 21st century and the extent to which warming may be attributable to human activity. The committee was made up of 11 of the nation's top climate scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, one of whom is a Nobel Prize winner.
White House Recommendations on Energy Conservation
The White House released a fact sheet May 12 explaining recommendations to improve and expand energy conservation initiatives. The recommendations are announced just as the Bush administration prepares to release a comprehensive new energy policy, coming from the National Energy Policy Development Group led by Vice President Cheney. (117KB PDF file)

U.S. National Energy Policy (2.5MB PDF file)
A White House National Energy Policy Development Group developed this national energy policy to bring together business, government, local communities and citizens to promote dependable, affordable and environmentally sound energy for the future. The May 2001 report envisions a comprehensive long-term strategy that uses leading edge technology to produce an integrated energy, environmental and economic policy.
Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion: Interim Summary - August 2000
The latest full assessment report on Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion is that of November, 1998. This Interim Summary is an update on recent findings. Special attention has been paid to interactions between ozone depletion and climate change. Potential interactions are indicated within the various sections.
Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-1998(2.1MB PDF file)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares the official U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks to comply with existing commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Agency Data Sets Related to Global Change: Newly Available in 2000
This fourth of a series of yearly publications represents another important step in the interagency process of making the data and information related to the Global Change Research Program available.
IPCC Working Group III Third Assessment Report, Mitigation of Climate Change (Summary for Policymakers, 112Kb PDF file)
This report assess the scientific, technical, environmental, economic, and social aspects of the mitigation of climate change. The full report is published by Cambridge University Press.
IPCC Working Group II Third Assessment Report, Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (Summary for Policymakers, 157Kb PDF file)
This report assesses the sensitivity, adaptive capacity, and vulnerability of natural and human systems to climate change, and the potential consequences of climate change. The full report is published by Cambridge University Press.
IPCC Working Group I Third Assessment Report, Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis (Summary for Policymakers, 330Kb PDF file)
Over 150 delegates from around 100 governments met in Shanghai, China from 17-20 January to consider the Working Group I contribution to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. The full report, which runs over 1000 pages, is the work of 123 Lead Authors from around the world. They in turn drew on 516 Contributing Authors. The report went through extensive review by experts and governments. The full report is published by Cambridge University Press.
Preparing for a Changing Climate: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change (Great Lakes Overview) (7.4MB PDF file)
This report summarizes the methods, findings, and recommendations from the Great Lakes Regional Assessment Team regarding the potential impacts of future climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. It complements the national overview report that was prepared by the National Assessment Synthesis Team (NAST) as part of the National Assessment of Climate Change. The report is intended for use by federal, state, and local government officials and by people in their roles as US citizens, employees, and residents of the community. The report focuses on the years 2030 and 2090. These two times occur approximately 30 years before and after the time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to have doubled from its current value.

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