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U.S. Climate Action Report 2002

Third National Communication of the United States of America Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change



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Table of Contents- 216K pdf
Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - 227K pdf
Ch. 1

Chapter 2 - 602K pdf
Ch. 2
Chapter 3 - 692K pdf
Ch. 3
Chapter 4 - 394K pdf
Ch. 4
Chapter 5 -386K pdf
Ch. 5
Chapter 6 - 1.5M pdf
Ch. 6
Chapter 7 - 543K pdf
Ch. 7
Chapter 8 - 296K pdf
Ch. 8
Chapter 9 - 308K pdf
Ch. 9
Appendix A - 1.9M pdf
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Appendix B - 1.7M pdf
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Appendix C - 4.3M pdf
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Appendix D - 264K pdf
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Appendix E - 234K pdf
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Cover page and table of contents (216K pdf)

Chapter 1.  Introduction and Overview (227K pdf) ? Summarizes the main elements of the report.

Chapter 2.  National Circumstances (602K pdf) ? Presents a snapshot of the national characteristics of the United States that play a role in climate change, including the country's climate, geography, economy, demographic trends, energy production and consumption, and natural resources.

Chapter 3.  Greenhouse Gas Inventory (692K pdf) ? Provides a broad overview of all U.S. greenhouse gas emission sources and sinks, introduces key concepts, and discusses the primary drivers for the growth in emissions.  All material in the chapter is drawn from the U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks:  1990?1999

Chapter 4.  Policies and Measures (394K pdf) ? Reviews national policies to limit emissions and enhance sinks of greenhouse gases undertaken since 1990.

Chapter 5.  Projections (386K pdf) ? Quantifies the aggregate effects on greenhouse gas emissions of policies and measures implemented or planned from 1990 to 2020.

Chapter 6.  Vulnerability (1.5M pdf) ? Addresses U.S. vulnerabilities to the adverse consequences of climate change and identifies the most promising adaptation measures being explored.

Chapter 7.  Financial Resources (543K pdf) ? Reviews U.S. efforts with other countries to assist with mitigation and sequestration strategies, build human and institutional capacity to address climate change, and facilitate the commercial transfer of technology.

Chapter 8.  Research and Observation (296K pdf) ? Discusses research efforts involving prediction of climate change, impacts and adaptation, and mitigation and new technologies.  This chapter also provides an overview of U.S. work on Global Climate Observing Systems.

Chapter 9.  Education, Training, and Awareness (308K pdf) ? Addresses programs to educate and train students and citizens in areas related to climate change and reviews U.S. outreach activities to disseminate information about global climate change.

Appendix A:  Emission Trends. (1.9M pdf)

Appendix B:  Policies and Measures. (1.7M pdf)

Appendix C:  Selected Technology Transfer Activities and U.S. Direct Financial Contributions and Commercial Sales Related to Implementation of the UNFCCC. (4.3M pdf)

Appendix D:  Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions. (264K pdf)

Appendix E:  Bibliography. (234K pdf)

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