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December 2012

Our second article appears in the journal Science. The piece describes a major update to the database of worldwide "green insurance" activities. (Summary + downloads)

June 2009

Release of "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S." The report summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. It focuses on climate change impacts in different regions of the U.S. and on various aspects of society and the economy such as energy, water, agriculture, and health. It’s also a report written in plain language, with the goal of better informing public and private decision making at all levels. LBNL contributed a section in insurance-industry impacts. (main website)

March 2009

Latest release of our annual compendium, "From Risk to Opportunity: Insurer Responses to Climate Change". (Summary + downloads)

February 2009

Relaunched the website. This version is more complete and easier to navigate.

A scientist in a lab coat holding a flask of green liquid; a polar bear on an ice flow.

January 2009

Second public review draft of the Climate Change Science Program's "Unified Synthesis Report" (which will include our contributions on insurance and other matters). The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) was established in 2002 to coordinate climate and global change research conducted in the United States and to support decision-making on climate-related issues. As one of its major activities, the CCSP is producing twenty-one synthesis and assessment reports that address its research, observation, and decision-support needs. These important reports constitute a comprehensive view of the state of the science and serve to help frame new questions that face policymakers. The CCSP leadership, in coordination with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), has now called for the production of an additional, integrative document entitled the CCSP Unified Synthesis Product (USP). The USP will synthesize the information contained in the 21 SAPs, the recent IPCC reports, and other recent results that have appeared in the scientific literature. By doing so, it will provide a single coherent analysis of the current understanding of climate change science, summarize the contributions of the CCSP Program, and identify important gaps in the science.

January 2009

Our Laboratory Director, Stephen Chu, was appointed United States Secretary of Energy by President Barack Obama.

October 2007

Nobel Peace Prize. Evan Mills contributed to the work of IPCC since the late 1990s, as a member of the large body of scientists from around the world who collectively share in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has participated in Working Group II (climate change impacts and adaptation), with emphasis on the implications for the world's insurance industry and financial services sector. He has also participated in Working Group III (climate change mitigation), with emphasis on the role of energy efficiency in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. He contributed to the Third Assessment Report (2001) and the Fourth Assessment Report (2007).