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Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

Description: This report provides recommendations for a strengthened governance structure to provide sustained, high-level, and coordinated attention to ocean, coastal, and Great Lake issues with a framework that addresses conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources.
Date: July 19, 2010
Creator: United States. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Public Benefit Funds

Description: This map shows states with funds dedicated to supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Executive Order - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

Description: This order establishes a national policy to ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserve maritime heritage, support sustainable uses and access, provide for adaptive management to enhance understanding of and capacity to respond to climate change and ocean acidification, and coordinate with national security and foreign policy interests. This order also provides for the development of coastal and marine spatial plans that build upon and improve existing Federal, State, tribal, local, and regional decision making and planning processes.
Date: July 19, 2010
Creator: United States. President (2009- : Obama)
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Climate Action Plans

Description: This map depicts states that have completed plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Financial Incentives for CCS

Description: This map shows states that provide financial incentives for deploying carbon capture and storage technology.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Green Infrastructure in Arid and Semi-Arid Climates

Description: This brochure describes the benefits of adopting "green infrastructure" design principles to communities in arid and semi-arid regions.
Date: May 2010
Creator: United States. Environmental Protection Agency.
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Impacts of Comprehensive Climate and Energy Policy Options on the U.S. Economy

Description: This study compiles and updates the findings of 16 comprehensive state climate action plans and extrapolates the results to the nation. The study then takes those results and using a widely accepted econometric model projects the national impact of these policies on employment, incomes, gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer energy prices. Finally, using the bottom-up data developed by the states and aggregated here, the study models the national impact of major features of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill under consideration in Congress in 2010. These state action plans and supporting assessments were proposed by over 1,500 stakeholders and technical work group experts appointed by 16 governors and state legislatures to address climate, energy and economic needs through comprehensive, fact-based, consensus-driven, climate action planning processes conducted over the past five years with facilitative and technical assistance by the Center for Climate Strategies. Findings show potential national improvements from implementation of a top set of 23 major sector-based policies and measures drawn from state plans.
Date: July 2010
Creator: Center for Climate Strategies
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

State Adaptation Plans

Description: This map shows states with plans for adapting to global climate change.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Regional Initiatives

Description: This map shows states that participate in regional initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and increase generation of renewable energy.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

VMT-Related Policies and Incentives

Description: This map shows states with policies to curb the climb of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by encouraging carpooling, alternative transportation, and compact land development.
Date: 2010
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Renewable & Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards

Description: This map shows states with standards requiring electric utilities to generate a percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability

Description: This document describes the economic and environmental value of the gulf coast environment and plans by federal and state governments to restore and protect wetlands and barrier islands.
Date: March 2010
Creator: Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group (U.S.)
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Emissions Caps for Electricity

Description: This map shows states that cap greenhouse gas emissions through performance standards or through cap and trade systems.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

Description: This action plan articulates the most significant ecosystem problems for the Great Lakes, and describes efforts to address them. The five areas are toxic substances, invasive species, health and pollution, wildlife and habitat preservation and restoration, and finally a component that covers accountability and evaluation.
Date: February 21, 2010
Creator: United States. Council on Environmental Quality.
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Description: This map identifies states that are either considering, or have already adopted a low carbon fuel standard.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Registries

Description: This map shows states with common systems for consistent and transparent reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Energy Efficiency Standards and Targets

Description: This map shows states with policies to promote efficient generation, transmission, and use of energy.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Policies

Description: This map shows state laws and regulations that affect medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The policies include tax incentives, fines, guidelines, and grants.
Date: 2010
Creator: Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries

Grenelle Environnement

Description: The new 'Grenelle II' laws are presented in the French Parliament. The Grenelle II (2010) follows the Grenelle I (2007) and a second public consultation round with representatives of large companies. Detailed plans are presented for building, transport and energy sector. Local authorities are asked to play a more important and facilitating role. The new law package contains six pillars and contains the 'outlines' and 'logistics' of the application on regional and local level: - 1. Improving the Energetic Performance of Buildings. Among the measures are : insisting on 'Batiments a Basse Consommation' (BBC, < 50 KW/H/m2 per year) for new buildings and to reduce the consumption of existing buildings by 38% untill 2020. - 2. Creating a change in Transport Use. Among the measures presented are : speeding up the process of public transport infrastructure, insisting local public authorities on offering 'lease-bikes' and car-sharing programs, and subvention of electric and hybrid car development. - 3. Reducing significantly Energy Consumption and Carbon Emissions. Measurements foreseen are : Obligation of all enterprises with over 500 employees and municipalities with more than 500.000 inhabitants to calculate CO2 emissions on a yearly bases. -4. Preserving Biodiversity. Pharmaceutical and hospital products will be more restricted and reported. -5. Risks, health and waste. Various measurements are proposed, such as the Protection of Electrical and Telephone Network workers. -6. A new Ecological Governance Model. Introduction of Five 'Colleges' of Stakeholders: ONG, Entreprises, Unions, Public Authorities and Public Administration. Regions with over 50 000 inhabitants will be obliged to create a Sustainable Development report. Each product should carry CO2 emission information, related to the CO2 emissions created by transport of people and goods.
Date: October 2010
Creator: France. Ministère de l'écologie, de l'énergie, du développement durable et de la mer
Item Type: Text
Partner: UNT Libraries