The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its most recent assessment on global climate change at the end of September. The IPCC is a body of over 800 scientists from across the globe, established in 1988 by the United Nations to produce periodic assessments of the science of climate change and impacts on humans. The key findings of this report are that scientists are more certain than ever that our climate is warming and that human activities are causing this change. While climate-deniers claim there is uncertainty about climate change, the report shows that climate scientists are 95% certain humans are changing the climate. To put this into perspective, this is the same percentage of doctors who believe cigarettes cause cancer. Read more about the report from CNN.
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The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2 is now final and published electronically in the Resources section of this site.
On March 6, 2012, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously endorsed the implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2. Mayor Luke Ravehstahl signed this resolution on March 12, 2012. City Council’s full resolution can be downloaded at: http://pittsburgh.legistar.com/gateway.aspx?M=L&ID=15071.
Prepared in 2010 and 2011 by the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative Partners and a wide number of other stakeholders, the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2 reviews the greenhouse gas reduction measures that government, businesses, higher education institutions, and residents in the Pittsburgh region have already undertaken (especially those actions included in the original Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 1). The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0 also proposes new measures that these sectors can implement in order to help meet the local greenhouse gas reduction target of 20% below 2003 levels by 2023.
The updated Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan follows a framework similar to its predecessor by organizing recommendations in the following sectors: government, business, community, and higher education. Recommendations were developed by the leading committee for each sector, which included the:
- City of Pittsburgh Sustainability Commission
- Business Climate Coalition
- Black and Gold City Goes Green Community Partners
- Higher Education Climate Consortium
Additionally, in this updated Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, the government sector has been expanded to include three City of Pittsburgh Authorities: the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA).
“Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong”
An interesting article by William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, exploring the claims of climate change skeptics. Nordhaus has received support for research on the economics of climate change during the last decade from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Glaser Foundation.
On January 17, 2012, Councilman Bill Peduto introduced a Resolution to Pittsburgh City Council endorsing the implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2. Prepared in 2010 and 2011 by the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative Partners and a wide number of other stakeholders, this document updates the original Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 1, which was unanimously adopted by City Council in August 2008 as a guiding document for the City of Pittsburgh.
The resolution currently in front of Council includes the following text:
Resolution endorsing the implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan Version 2.0 prepared by the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative conveners and contributors and authorizing and instructing the City Solicitor and/or City Clerk to prepare for enactment, adoption and execution of any Ordinances, Resolutions, Agreements and other documents necessary for the implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan Version 2.0.
The full resolution can be downloaded at:
A post-agenda hearing on the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in City Council chambers, 5th Floor, City-County Building, 414 Grant Street.