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Pew Center on Global Climate Change

The Pew Center for Global Climate Change is an American Website offering a number of articles and reports on climate change and related issues.

The Pew Center for Global Climate Change states that it is “dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions to address global warming.” It offers research and comprehensive analysis on global warming science, economics, policy, and solutions.

The stated objective of the Pew Center for Global Climate Change is to “educate key policy makers and the public about the causes and effects of climate change and to assist the domestic and international communities in developing practical and effective solutions to this important environmental challenge.” The “Basics of Global Warming” section of the Website provides introductory information on global warming.

The weakness of this Site, if it can be said to have one, is that it has a strong focus on the situation in the United States of America, a country which has failed to sign-up to the Kyoto Agreement.  However American government policy is not supported by many of that country’s citizens, and American involvement will be critical in future, if the whole world is to deal with the issues of climate change. There are, however, many references to the international situation and to cross-border actions.

This is a useful resource, and its reports and documents are valuable sources of information.  The Pew Center has supported and enabled important dialogues, such as the Climate Dialogue at Pocantico, when group of policymakers and stakeholders from 15 countries convened by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change assessed a wide range of post-2012 options. The group concluded that the major economies, given their tremendous diversity, are more apt to engage in the international effort if given latitude to pursue different policy “tracks.” But the dialogue participants also concluded that the collective effort will be stronger if these multiple tracks are brought together in an overarching framework allowing coordination and tradeoffs among countries.

This is a useful resource and is while worth examining.

One small point: the Site does not give an email address for contacting it, only a postal address, telephone and fax numbers, so I was unable to get their response to this article.



Website: www.pewclimate.org

 

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