Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40936 - An Overview of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Control Policies in Various Countries
30-Dec-2009; Jane Leggett, Richard Lattanzio, Carl Ek, Larry Parker; 55 p.
Abstract: As Congress considers legislation to address climate change, and follows negotiations toward a new international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the question of the comparability of actions across countries frequently arises. Concerns are raised about what the appropriate shar.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Stratospheric Ozone, Air
go directly to report, PDF _ R40994 - Agriculture and Forestry Provisions in Climate Legislation in the 111th Congress
23-Dec-2009; Renée Johnson; 31 p.
Abstract: In June 2009, the House passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. In September 2009, Senator Kerry introduced S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, which was referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The committee completed mark.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Forests, Climate Change
go directly to report, PDF _ R40990 - International Forestry Issues in Climate Change Bills: Comparison of Provisions of S. 1733 and H.R. 2454
22-Dec-2009; Pervaze Sheikh, Ross Gorte; 18 p.
Abstract: Deforestation releases substantial amounts of carbon dioxide, about 17% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Legislation has been proposed for U.S. targets to reduce GHG emissions. The two primary bills, H.R. 2454 and S. 1733, include provisions that would reduce emissions from de.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Forests, Climate Change
go directly to report, PDF _ R40585 - Climate Change: Potential Regulation of Stationary Greenhouse Gas Sources Under the Clean Air Act
10-Dec-2009; Larry Parker, James McCarthy; 33 p.
Abstract: Although new legislation to address greenhouse gases is a leading priority of the President and many members of Congress, the ability to limit these emissions already exists under Clean Air Act authorities that Congress has enacted – a point underlined by the Supreme Court in an April 2007 decisi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Air
go directly to report, PDF _ R40809 - Climate Change: Costs and Benefits of the Cap-and-Trade Provisions of H.R. 2454
14-Sep-2009; Larry Parker and Brent Yacobucci; 100 p.
Abstract: This report examines seven studies that project the costs of H.R. 2454 to 2030 or beyond. It is difficult (and some would consider it unwise) to project costs up to the year 2030, much less beyond. The already tenuous assumption that current regulatory standards will remain constant becomes more .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Economics & Trade
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34513 - Climate Change: Current Issues and Policy Tools
6-Mar-2009; Jane A. Leggett; 32 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
June 3, 2008
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Abstract: On June 2, 2008, the Senate agreed to consider a bill (S. 3036) to control greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. This action is indicative of the pressures Members of Congress increasingly face on whether and how to address human-induced climate change. Contentious debates scrutinize iss.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33941 - Polar Bears:Listing Under the Endangered Species Act
4-Mar-2009; Eugene H. Buck, M. Lynn Corn, Kristina Alexander; 24 p.
Update: Previous releases:
February 20, 2009
September 2, 2008
June 2, 2008
February 15, 2008
October 9, 2007
May 14, 2007
March 30, 2007
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Abstract: On May 14, 2008, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced the listing of polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The controversial decision highlights the intersection of two significant issues currently before Congress — climate change and species protection. Under .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Legislative, Climate Change
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34266 - Climate Change: Science Highlights
23-Feb-2009; Jane A. Leggett; 24 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 7, 2009
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Abstract: In 2007, the fourth major assessment of technical information on climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was published in November. The year also saw continued release of new scientific findings on various aspects of climate change.

The IPCC “Fourth Assessme.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Information

go directly to report, PDF _ RL34059 - The Carbon Cycle: Implications for Climate Change and Congress
18-Feb-2009; Peter Folger; 13 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 25, 2007
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Abstract: Carbon is stored in the atmosphere, in the oceans, in vegetation, and in soils on the land surface. Huge quantities of carbon are actively exchanged between the atmosphere and the other storage pools of carbon. The exchange, or flux, of carbon between the atmosphere, oceans, and land surface is ca.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Government, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34099 - California's Waiver Request to Control Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act
10-Feb-2009; James E. McCarthy and Robert Meltz; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 4, 2009
October 1, 2007
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Abstract: California has adopted regulations requiring new motor vehicles to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), beginning in model year 2009. The Clean Air Act (CAA) generally preempts states from adopting their own emission standards for mobile sources. However, the act allows such standards in .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Air, Legislative
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