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Reviews history of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and examines the Paris Agreement (PA), which is set to take effect on Nov. 4, 2016, and addresses climate change through international cooperation.
(GAO) Report examining NOAA efforts to assist States to improve marine coastal ecosystems resilience to global climate change impact in accordance with the Coastal Zone Management Act, and reviewing State perspectives on such efforts.
Report examining selected foreign governments and U.S. Government measures to improve resilience to weather-related disasters through climate change adaptation, including legislative measures, long-term planning, and aligning climate adaptation plans with broader disaster resilience strategies.
Provides background on history of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations leading up to proposal of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Reviews Durban platform for GCF design, and outlines outstanding design issues. Addresses relationship of GCF to other U.S. commitments for international climate change assistance, and summarizes Congressional issues of relevance to GCF.
Outlines conceptual approaches to setting goals for climate change-related policies, and provides brief descriptions of principal "policy tools" that could be wielded to achieve policy goals. Describes four strategies for setting climate change policies, including research and wait-and-see, science-based goal setting, economics-based policies, and incrementalism or adaptive management.
Report examining organization of Federal funding for climate change activities and whether climate change funding reporting and definitions are interpreted consistently across Federal agencies, evaluating extent to which climate change funding aligns with Federal climate change strategic priorities, and reviewing options to better align Federal climate change funding with strategic priorities. Includes graphs and tables.
Report describing implications of different methods for selling emissions allowances under a proposed "cap-and-trade" program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in which policymakers set a mandatory cap on emissions of carbon dioxide and provide companies with economic incentives to reach that cap at the lowest possible costs, thereby creating a market where emissions allowances can be traded among fossil fuels suppliers and other entities.
Summarizes highlights of new scientific research and assessments released in 2007 related to global warming. Addresses observed warming and additional metrics of climate change, attribution of changes to greenhouse gases (GHGs), impacts of climate changes, likelihood that GHG emissions will grow without further mitigation policies, projections of future climate, and projections of future impacts.