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World Resources Institute Issues to Watch For 2006 Jonathan Lash President World Resources Institute December 14, 2005

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Source: Envrionment News Service Eleventh Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Montreal, Canada

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IPCC

Hurricanes: 

Hurricanes

Seattle, Washington: Acting Locally: 

Seattle, Washington: Acting Locally

28 States Have Climate Action Plans: 

28 States Have Climate Action Plans

23 States Have Renewable Portfolio Standards: 

23 States Have Renewable Portfolio Standards

Most Americans Convinced: 

Most Americans Convinced 11/09/05 FOX News Poll: Global Warming Thursday, November 10, 2005 By Dana Blanton NEW YORK  — Most Americans believe global warming exists and a majority thinks it is a major problem — if not a crisis, according to a recent FOX News poll. Even so, less than half think they personally can do anything about the problem. The new national poll finds that 77 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening

Earth’s Temperature Continues to Rise Rapidly: 

Earth’s Temperature Continues to Rise Rapidly

Hurricane Katrina: 

Hurricane Katrina August 28, 2005 http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/h2005_katrina.html Photo Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

Dramatic Changes in Arctic: Imagine an Ice-free Arctic: 

Dramatic Changes in Arctic: Imagine an Ice-free Arctic 1979-2003: Progressive Loss of Arctic Ice

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Bleached coral head: Bleaching occurs when high water temperature kills the living organisms in the coral, leaving behind only the calcium carbonate skeleton.

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Global Ocean Currents

Ford/GM SUV Sales Decline: 

Ford/GM SUV Sales Decline

Hybrids Take Off: 

Hybrids Take Off

Comparison of Fuel Economy and GHG Emissions Standards around the World: 

Comparison of Fuel Economy and GHG Emissions Standards around the World

General Electric Strategic Positioning on Clean Energy: 

General Electric Strategic Positioning on Clean Energy

TOMORROW’S MARKETS: 

TOMORROW’S MARKETS Carbon Constrained Technology Friendly Trading in GHG Reductions Leadership Premium

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Producing plastics, for packaging and fibers, from 100% annually renewable resources Photo courtesy of Sterling Planet Insert photo of PLA product

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Modified from an original advertisement appearing in: The Financial Times: Special Report Section. October 18, 2005. p. 3. “Today, climate change is a fact. And change presents us with both risks and opportunities.” Ivo Menzinger and his team identify environmental risks and help develop sustainable strategies to cope with them. Swiss Re was among the first to recognise the potential impact of climate change on the financial services industry and to study effective ways of managing associated risks. Combining expertise and financial strength, Swiss Re is ideally positioned to provide your company with tailored solutions to mitigate your exposure and protect your balance sheet – ensuring, in a climate of uncertainty, that you feel secure. www.swissre.com

The Frequency of Weather-Related Disasters: 

The Frequency of Weather-Related Disasters Source: Swiss Re 2005

Global Weather Losses from “Great” Events, 1950-2004: 

Global Weather Losses from “Great” Events, 1950-2004 Source: Swiss Re 2005

FINANCIAL TIMES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 2005: 

FINANCIAL TIMES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 2005 p.22

Recent Annual Energy Growth Rates (1987-2002): 

Recent Annual Energy Growth Rates (1987-2002)

In 2005 the Group doubled its use of renewable energy, hitting the 360 MW mark: 

Total = 185 megawatts (MW) 2005 projects & purchases In 2005 the Group doubled its use of renewable energy, hitting the 360 MW mark

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EarthTrends: The Data Behind the Report http://earthtrends.wri.org

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