The Department of State has issued a Federal Register Notice notifying interested members of the public of the opportunity to submit comments on the draft fifth National Communication on U.S. climate change actions. This document, also called the U.S. Climate Action Report 2010, is a requirement for all Annex I Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The United States released previous Climate Action Reports in 1994, 1997, 2002, and 2006.
The draft Fifth Climate Action Report provides a detailed summary of U.S. actions to address climate change. This report contains descriptions of specific measures and actions, outlines of broad policy initiatives, and descriptions of activities conducted by the U.S. since the previous report in 2006, principally at the federal level. It also explains U.S. Government efforts to increase scientific understanding of climate change, and provide foreign assistance to help other nations mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
The draft Fifth Climate Action Report will be available for review and public comment for 28 days, from April 8, 2010 until May 6, 2010. Public comments will be carefully considered by appropriate experts within the United States Government and taken into account before the final version of this document is published. The final report will be submitted by the Department of State to the U.N. Secretariat in the early summer after a review of public comments.
The Federal Register notice, announcing the release of this report for public comment, can be found at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a100408c.html.
The draft U.S. Climate Action Report 2010 is available on the Department’s Web site at: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/rls/rpts/car/index.htm.