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

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

3 IPCC

4 Hurricanes

5 Seattle, Washington: Acting Locally

6 28 States Have Climate Action Plans

7 23 States Have Renewable Portfolio Standards

8 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

9 Earth’s Temperature Continues to Rise Rapidly

10 Hurricane Katrina August 28, ingatearth/h2005_katrina.html Photo Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

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

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

13 Global Ocean Currents

14 Ford/GM SUV Sales Decline

15 Hybrids Take Off

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

17 General Electric Strategic Positioning on Clean Energy

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

19 Producing plastics, for packaging and fibers, from 100% annually renewable resources 2005 new green power purchase 59 million kWh/year of Green-e ® certified RECs Generated by 22 MW of wind turbines in Great Plains Business case Offset 100% of the company’s net greenhouse gas emissions from polymer production and the world’s largest lactic acid plant NatureWorks ® PLA is now the world’s first greenhouse-gas neutral polymer Photo courtesy of Sterling Planet Insert photo of PLA product

20 Modified from an original advertisement appearing in: The Financial Times: Special Report Section. October 18, 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.

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

22 Global Weather Losses from “Great” Events, Source: Swiss Re 2005

23 FINANCIAL TIMES TUESDAY NOVEMBER p.22

24 Recent Annual Energy Growth Rates ( )

25 Total = 185 megawatts (MW) ProductMW Wind RECs138 Low impact hydropower 42 Solar & other3 Biomass RECs projects & purchases In 2005 the Group doubled its use of renewable energy, hitting the 360 MW mark Total = 360 MW Total projects & purchases since 2000 Wind RECs Landfill gas thermal & electric projects Hydrogen fuel cells Low impact hydropower Biomass RECs Landfill gas RECs Wind power Solar & other 161 MW

26 EarthTrends: The Data Behind the Report


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