Fifth U.S. Climate Action Report

**Note: This is a draft of the Fifth U.S. Climate Action Report. Comments from the public are welcome, and will be accepted until May 6, 2010. You may submit a comment via e-mail (, via fax ((202) 647-0191), or via postal mail (CAR5 Comments, Department of State, Office of Global Change, Harry S. Truman Building, Room 2480, 2201 “C” Street N.W., Washington, DC 20520).**

In June 1992, the United States signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and ratified it in October of that year. Pursuant to the national communication reporting requirements under Articles 4.2 and 12 of the Convention and to guidelines later adopted by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP), the United States submitted the first U.S. Climate Action Report (CAR) to the UNFCCC Secretariat in 1994, the second in 1997, the third in 2002, and the fourth in 2007.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requires periodic “national communications” from industrialized countries listed in Annex I of the convention.
So far, all Annex I countries have each submitted four reports over the years. The fifth national communications were due January 1, 2010.  All but these four countries have submitted reports: U.S., Monaco, Slovenia and Turkey. See this table for a listing of the reports that have been submitted; all are available online.

In the United States, the State Department is the lead agency in producing the report, and the report here is typically referred to as the “Climate Action Report.”  Four have been produced so far and are often referred to as CAR-1, CAR-2, CAR-3 and CAR-4; or by the year published (Climate Action Report 2006, etc).  The first two were produced under Clinton and the 3rd and 4th reports were published under Bush. They have been the only routine and comprehensive statements to the world community of what the U.S. is doing on climate change.

The Fifth U.S. Climate Action Report presents a detailed outline of the actions the U.S. is taking to address climate change, contains updated projections on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and underscores the United States commitment to address climate change.

Table of Contents of the Fifth U.S. CAR:

Entire Climate Action Report [2900 Kb]
Table of Contents [339 Kb]
1. Executive Summary [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
2. National Circumstances [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
3. Greenhouse Gas Inventory [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
4. Policies and Measures [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
5. Projected Greenhouse [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
6. Vulnerability Assessment, Climate Change Impacts, & Adaptation Measures [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
7. Financial Resources and Technology Transfer [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
8. Research and Systematic Observation [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
9. Education, Training, and Outreach [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version ]
10. Appendices A [283 Kb]
10. Appendix B: Bibliography [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version

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