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Abstract: 350 believes in the power of creativity, hard work, and collaboration to make voices heard with little time or resources. The group works to educate and promote activities to increase awareness and keep global GHG emissions below 350 ppm in the atmosphere.
Source: 350.org
URL: http://350.org

A Business Guide to U.S. EPA Climate Partnership Programs [PDF]
Abstract: This guide, developed in response to requests for the information is designed to help you identify those EPA Partnership Programs that make the most sense for your business and climate stewardship. (PDF)
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/partners/Biz_guide_to_epa_climate_partner

A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard , Source: GHG Protocol [PDF]
Abstract: Greenhouse Gas Protocol is a multi-stakeholder and consensus-based partnership of about 170 businesses, non-governmental organizations, governments, to develop internationally accepted GHG accounting and reporting standards for business and to promote their broad adoption convened by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development
URL: http://pdf.wri.org/ghg_protocol_2004.pdf

As World Warms, Vegetation Changes May Influence Extreme Weather
Abstract: This is believed to be the first study to indicate that as vegetation responds to climate change, those changes in ground cover may affect where and how often extreme weather events occur.
Source: Purdue University
URL: http://news.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/html4ever/2005/050509.Diffenb

Avoided Emissions from Organic Waste Disposal Offset Project Protocol
Abstract: outlines the process and requirements for Project Proponents to register greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from voluntarily avoiding emissions from organic waste in landfills
Source: Chicago Climate Exchange
URL: https://www.theice.com/ccx.jhtml

Can Ocean Carbon Uptake Keep Pace with Industrial Emissions?
Abstract: The first observations based on the estimate of the history of anthropogenic carbon uptake by the ocean suggests that the oceans are struggling to keep up with rising emissions.
Source: Goddard Institute for Space Studies
URL: http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/hall_03/

Carbon Management and Analysis Platform (CarbonMAP)
Abstract: Designed to aid schools that have completed greenhouse gas inventories in developing long term, comprehensive climate action plans based on those inventories. Requires login.
Source: Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP)
URL: http://campuscarbon.com/

Cement Industry Energy and CO2 Performance
Abstract: This report covers 1990 - 2006 and outlines the "Getting the Numbers Right" system in detail, and shows how an effective measuring, reporting and verification system can be developed and managed for and by industry.
Source: World Business Council for Sustainable Development
URL: http://www.wbcsd.org/Plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?DocTypeId

Cities for Climate Protection Program
Abstract: ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability USA has been identified as one of the 15 most meaningful nonprofit organizations dealing with Climate Change by 139 independent experts through Philanthropedia's research [more]
Source: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
URL: http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/environment-waste-and-water/s

Climate Action Handbook [PDF]
Abstract: Offers examples of actions local governments can take to reduce global warming emissions and implement the commitments for climate protection called out in the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement (MCPA). Handbook.
URL: http://www.icleiusa.org/action-center/getting-started/Climat

Climate Action Registry Reporting Online Tool (CARROT)
Abstract: CARROT is the The Climate Registry’s greenhouse gas emission program which includes guidance, built-in emission conversion factors, and standardized reporting software (online).
Source: Climate Action Registry
URL: http://www.climateregistry.org/tools/carrot.html

Climate Action Reserve Landfill Protocol and Landfill Verification Protocols U.S.
Abstract: The Landfill Project Protocol provides guidance to quantify, report, and verify GHG emission reductions associated with installing a landfill gas collection and destruction system at landfill operations. The protocol was first adopted by the Reserve Board
Source: Climate Action Reserve
URL: http://www.climateactionreserve.org/how/protocols/us-landfil

Climate Calculators for Local Governments
Abstract: A listing of climate calculators are tools that can help cities and counties conduct greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories for a specified report year
Source: Cool California
URL: http://coolcalifornia.org/article/climate-calculators

Corporate Strategies that Address Climate Change [PDF]
Abstract: Report provides guidance on strategies such as market shifts and regulatory constraints. Discusses how climate change poses real risks and that companies must plan for today, or risk losing ground to their more forward-thinking competitors.
Source: University of Michigan
URL: http://www.c2es.org/docUploads/PEW_CorpStrategies.pdf

Creating Economic Incentives to Conserve Forests Through REDD [PDF]
Abstract: This report discusses economic incentives around Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). REDD is a policy approach to mitigate carbon emissions from deforestation and conserve tropical biodiversity.
Source: Environmental Defense Fund
URL: http://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/10331_EDF_REDD_intro.

Economic Modeling
Abstract: Economic models are an important tool for evaluating the potential impact of proposed legislation on our economy.
Source: Pew Center for Global Climate Change
URL: http://www.c2es.org/economics

Effects of Global Warming on Trout and Salmon in U.S. Streams [ [PDF]
Abstract: Dams, water diversions, pollution, and development threaten trout and salmon, which have already disappeared from many of the streams they once inhabited. Climatic warming poses an additional, potentially severe threat to their survival.
Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
URL: http://www.defenders.org/publications/effects_of_global_warm

Energy for America's Future
Abstract: Details current White House policy on energy security and confronting climate change.
Source: White House
URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/energy-and-environment

Energy Star - Challenge for Industry
Abstract: A national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America's commercial and industrial buildings by 10 percent or more.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=industry_challenge.ind

EPA’s Green Power Partnership
Abstract: This voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/index.htm

EPA's Energy Star CFL alculator
Abstract: ENERGY STAR's CFL calculator helps users quantify the possible energy savings by switching from incandescent to CFLs.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.energystar.gov/?c=cfls.pr_cfls_savings

Feedback Loops In Global Climate Change Point To A Very Hot 21st Century
Abstract: Studies have shown that global climate change can set-off positive feedback loops in nature which amplify warming and cooling trends.
Source: Science Daily
URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/05/060522151248.ht

From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Practices in Energy Efficiency
Abstract: Documents leading-edge energy efficiency strategies, describes best practices, and provides guidance and resources for other businesses seeking to reduce energy use in their internal operations, supply chains, and products and services.
Source: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
URL: http://www.turi.org/About/Library/TURI_Publications/2006_Fiv

Future Temperature Changes
Abstract: Learn how quickly the Earth's temperature will increase remains unknown given the uncertainty of future greenhouse gas, aerosol emissions and the Earth's response to changing conditions.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.howstuffworks.com/framed.htm?parent=worst-effects

Global Warming Potential
Abstract: Global Warming Potential (GWP) is a measure of the potency of different greenhouse gases with that of CO2.
Source: Carbon Offset Research and Education CORE
URL: http://co2offsetresearch.org/aviation/GWP.html

Green Building for Cool Cities
Abstract: Re-energize your Cool City with our new "Green Building for Cool Cities" project in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. Making new and retrofitted buildings more energy-efficient is a key solution to global warming and to achieving the transition to a clean energy economy.
Source: U.S. Green Building Council
URL: http://www.coolcities.us/

Green Power Partnerships
Abstract: A voluntary program that supports the organizational procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/

Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator
Abstract: This equivalencies calculator helps you understand just that, translate abstract measurements into concrete terms , such as this reduction in GHG emissions is"equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of 183,000 cars annually."
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.h

Greenhouse Gases - Frequently Asked Questions
Abstract: Answers to common questions about how and why global warming is occurring.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/gases.html

Guide to Energy Efficiency in Aluminum Smelters
Abstract: The aluminum industry is a significant energy consumer and seeks ways to reduce energy consumption and achieve better performance. This document describes efforts and opportunities.
Source: Natural Resources Canada
URL: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/industrial/M27-01-1115E/

HOT CLIMATE, COOL COMMERCE: Service Sector Guide to Greenhouse Gas Management
Abstract: Ensures that service-sector companies develop effective climate change response strategies that are compatible with both others in the business community and voluntary and mandatory climate change programs.
Source: World Resources Institute, Climate Analysis Indicators
URL: http://pdf.wri.org/hotclimatecoolcommerce.pdf#page=10

Human Health (Climate Institute Core Issues)
Abstract: Researchers have found a close link between local climate and the occurrence or severity of some diseases and other threats to human health.
Source: Climate Institute
URL: http://www.climate.org/topics/health.html

Improving Efficiency of Coal-Fired Power Plants for Near Term CO2 Reductions [PDF]
Abstract: NETL has evaluated the opportunity to improve the efficiency of coal-fired power plants as a way to reduce GHG emissions.
Source: National Energy Technology Lab (NETL)
URL: http://www.netl.doe.gov/energy-analyses/pubs/Impr_Effcy_of_C

Kyoto Protocol Signatories
Abstract: 187 states have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aimed at combating global warming.
Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kyoto_Protocol_signator

Local Government Operations Protocol
Abstract: A consortium of environmental organizations developed the Local Government Operations (LGO) Protocol, a program-neutral protocol designed to allow local governments to quantify and report GHG emissions resulting from their operations.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency/Air Resources Board
URL: http://www.theclimateregistry.org/resources/protocols/local-

Methane Avoidance from Composting
Abstract: Developing a GHG reduction project protocol for organic waste composting projects will provide a standardized approach for quantifying and monitoring GHG reductions from projects that avoid methane emissions through the diversion and composting of municipal food waste that would otherwise have been sent to a landfill.
Source: Climate Action Reserve
URL: http://www.climateactionreserve.org/blog/2009/11/17/composti

National Wildlife Federation's Green Energy Calculator
Abstract: The National Wildlife Federation has created a calculator to tell you how much carbon dioxide your lifestyle produces.
Source: National Wildlife Federation
URL: http://www.nwf.org/How-to-Help/Live-Green/Energy-Conservatio

NEMA Premium Energy Efficient Motors
Abstract: NEMA Premium® labeled electric motors assists purchasers to optimize motor systems efficiency, reduce electrical power consumption and costs, and improve system reliability and efficiency.
Source: National Electrical Manufacturers Association
URL: http://www.nema.org/Policy/Energy/Efficiency/Pages/NEMA-Prem

Ocean Acidification
Abstract: The ocean absorbs approximately 1/4 of the CO2 added to the atmosphere from human activities each year. When CO2 dissolves in seawater, acidification occurs, decreasing the ability of many marine organisms to build shells and maintain skeletal structure.
Source: Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO-IOC)
URL: http://www.ocean-acidification.net/

Office Carbon Footprint Tool Calculator (WasteWise)
Abstract: This tool was created for office-based organizations ("offices") located in the United States to assist offices in making decisions to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their activities. This tool will allow the user to develop an estimate of their GHG emissions from a variety of sources including company-owned vehicle transportation; purchased electricity; waste disposal; and leased assets, franchises, and outsourced activities
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/smm/wastewise/carboncalc.htm

Overview and Examples of Climate Action Plans
Abstract: The President's Climate Commitment for colleges and universities, provides for coordinated planning to make campuses carbon-neutral, reduce global warming impacts, and drive the scientific innovation and public education necessary to catalyze rapid change.
Source: American College & University - Presidents’ Climate Commitment
URL: http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/resources/overvie

Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard
Abstract: Developed by multi-stakeholder partners, this guidance provides a standard for companies and other organizations to prepare a GHG inventory of emissions associated with a product.
Source: World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
URL: http://www.ghgprotocol.org/standards/product-standard

Quick Energy Profiler
Abstract: A quick (1 hour) tool to help users establish a baseline for how energy is being used at their plant, identify best opportunities to save energy and money, and calculate emissions.
Source: Department of Energy
URL: https://ecenter.ee.doe.gov/EM/tools/Pages/ePEP.aspx

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
Abstract: Deforestation accounts for about 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions—larger than the entire global transportation sector.The REDD Options Assessment Report suggests a flexible, three-phase approach to policy measures and positive incentives in order to accommodate conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks; and (iii) the near-term constraints of the current global financial crisis.
Source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC
URL: http://www.redd-oar.org/

Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships
Abstract: DOE has a network of seven partnerships to help develop the technology, infrastructure, and regulations to implement large-scale CO2 sequestration in different regions and geologic formations.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/carbon_seq/infrastructu

Smart Grid - 5 Cities Leading the Way
Abstract: Power lines spread across the country are finally moving into the digital age with smart grids that provide instant information on energy consumption. Briefly presents examples of smart grid implementation in five U.S. cities.
Source: Huffington Post
URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/09/smart-grid-5-cities

The Climate Registry
Abstract: Nonprofit collaboration among North American states, provinces, territories and sovereign nations that sets consistent and transparent standards to calculate, verify and publicly report GHG into a single registry.
Source: Climate Registry Board of Directors
URL: http://www.theclimateregistry.org/

The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health
Abstract: The core concern is succinctly stated: climate change endangers health in fundamental ways.
Source: World Health Organization
URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2008/s05/en/i

The State of California's Climate Change Portal
Abstract: Provides many links to state reports on climate change mitigation and adaptation options.
Source: California Energy Commission
URL: http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/research/index.html

Top Ten Smart Grid
Abstract: What companies are leading the charge toward a smart grid of the future? And, who are the utilities that are taking the lead in giving them a market? We’ve broken down the smart grid sector into a number of broad components areas – smart meter manufacturing, neighborhood-area meter networking and communication, in-home energy management, demand response, meter data management, other smart grid software and services, and the broader role of integrating these areas.
Source: Greentechgrid
URL: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/top-ten-smart-gr

U.S EPA Residential Energy Efficiency
Abstract: This program shows effective ways to reduce home energy consumption. Topics include insulation, windows, doors, weather-stripping, and caulking. The expert system feature allows users to calculate how much they will save by making their homes more energy efficient.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/slclimat/local/topics/residential.html

U.S. Climate Policy and Actions
Abstract: Describes current U.S. policy regarding climate change.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/EPAactivities.html

U.S. Department of Energy - Climate Change
Abstract: Describes programs and strategies currently being pursued or considered to reduce carbon emissions and address global climate change.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
URL: http://energy.gov/pi/office-policy-and-international-affairs

U.S. EPA - Climate Economics
Abstract: EPA conducts climate economic analyses to estimate the economic and environmental effects of potential domestic climate change mitigation programs and strategies
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/EPAactivities/economics/leg

U.S. EPA - PFC Reduction / Climate Partnership for the Semiconductor Industry
Abstract: EPA’s technical report describes PFC-based (perfluorinated compounds) heat transfer fluids, their common uses in electronics manufacturing, and estimated emissions to the atmosphere. PFCs are potent GHGs, often thousands of times stronger than CO2, and some can persist for 2,000 years.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/highgwp/semiconductor-pfc/resources/index

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report
Abstract: Information on greenhouse gas emission inventories, an introduction to climate change, a discussion of methodological issues and plans for QA/QC and an uncertainty analysis
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryrep

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Abstract: Online newsletter concerning issues on and about the U.N.'s convention on long-term climate change.
Source: United Nations Climate Change Conference
URL: http://unfccc.int/2860.php

United States Global Research Program - Agriculture [PDF]
Abstract: Climate change clearly affects agriculture, climate is also affected by agriculture, which contributes 13.5 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: United States Global Research Program
URL: http://ncadac.globalchange.gov/download/NCAJan11-2013-public

Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy
Abstract: Report offers a detailed analysis of the magnitude of the efficiency potential in non-transportation uses of energy, a thorough assessment of barriers, and an outline of practical solutions.
Source: McKinsey & Company
URL: http://www.mckinsey.com/client_service/electric_power_and_na

US EPA Final Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule
Abstract: Rule requires reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from large sources and suppliers in the U.S. and intendeds to collect accurate and timely emissions data to inform future policy decisions.
Source: US EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/index.html

Washington State Department of Ecology - Climate Change
Abstract: Washington State isn't waiting to see what happens with climate change. See what they are doing to reduce emissions, prepare for impacts, and to grow a clean energy economy.
Source: Washington State Department of Ecology
URL: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/


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