The Pew Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and others, is charged with bringing a new scientific and cooperative approach to the debate on global climate change. The Center is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change.
Purpose of Site:
The Center's Web site provides information about global climate change, including facts and figures and environmental impact reports. It also describes efforts by businesses and others to prevent global warming and offers policy analysis on the issue for lawmakers and advocates.
Not only were the 1990s the hottest decade of the past thousand years, but 1997, 1998, and 1999 were also three of the hottest years in history. The scientific consensus is that temperature is on the rise due to greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide emissions from activities such as industrial processes and fossil fuel combustion. Scientists say climate change may impact the global environment through damage to coastal areas, altered agricultural patterns, and an increase in infectious diseases.
The Pew Charitable Trusts established the Center in 1998 to help educate people on the problems associated with global warming. Eileen Claussen, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, leads the organization. The Center conducts studies, educates the public, and works with businesses to develop market-oriented solutions to reduce greenhouse gases.
Visitors to the Center's site are greeted by the organization's mission. The main body of the page is devoted to the Center's recent news items, several new publications and reports, and a New York Times Op-Ed piece written by Eileen Claussen, the Center's president. The navigation tool on the left side of the screen features links to the main areas of the site: About the Pew Center for Global Climate Change, the Business Environmental Leadership Council, Reports, Media Center, and Events and Presentations. The home page also has a link to sign up for e-mail updates about the Center's activities.
One of the Center's most important programs is the Business Environmental Leadership Council, which includes thirty-seven major companies that are working together to address global climate change. These companies, which include IBM, Maytag, and Lockheed Martin, are highlighted on the Center's Web site. The main page of the program features the council's statement of principles and a pull-down menu of participating companies. Users can select a company to read about its environmental policy and recent efforts to address pollution issues.
The Policy Center, a recent addition to the Web site, provides a wealth of information for policymakers and advocacy groups. It offers analysis of the Bush Administration's policy on climate change, policy briefs, working papers, domestic legislation summaries, state policy solutions, Congressional testimony, and a link to the Center's publications on the subject of climate change.