[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 15, 2007)]
[Pages 27349-27350]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-9293]



[Public Notice 5795]

Preparation of Fourth U.S. Climate Action Report

AGENCY: Department of State

ACTION: Notice of extension of deadline for request for public 


SUMMARY: In June 1992, the United States signed, and later ratified in 
October, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 
(UNFCCC). 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 (USCAR) to the 
UNFCCC Secretariat in 1994, the second in 1997 and the third in 2002. 
The U.S. Government has prepared an initial draft of the fourth 
national communication for public review, and provided notice in the 
Federal Register on May 4, 2007 soliciting public input on the draft 
text of the national communication prior to finalization of the 
document. The purpose of this announcement is to notify interested 
members of the public that the Department of State is extending the 
deadline for submitting comments on the draft text to June 1.

DATES: The Department of State is extending the deadline for comments 
by 14 days from the original deadline of May 18. Written comments 
should be received on or before noon, June 1.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted via e-mail to [email protected].

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Additionally, comments may be sent via postal mail to: CAR4 Comments, 
U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Change (Room 2480), 2201 
``C'' Street NW., Washington, DC 20520 or via fax to: (202) 647-0191.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kirsten R. Jaglo, Office of Global 
Change, U.S. Department of State at (202) 736-7092.



    In accordance with the UNFCCC's reporting requirements as specified 
in Articles 4.2 and 12, and following reporting guidelines developed 
(and adopted by the UNFCCC COP at its first session), the United States 
prepared the first U.S. Climate Action Report (CAR) and submitted it to 
the UNFCCC Secretariat in October 1994.
    At the eighth COP in 2002, in Decision 4/CP.8 the Parties requested 
that Parties included in Annex I to the convention submit to the 
secretariat a fourth national communication (see FCCC/CP/2002/7/Add.1). 
This document is available on the Internet at http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/cop8/07a01.pdf#page=12.

The Fourth United States Climate Action Report (CAR)

    The draft fourth CAR provides an update on key activities conducted 
by the U.S. since the third CAR, an inventory of U.S. greenhouse gas 
emissions and sinks, an estimate of the effects of mitigation measures 
and policies on future emissions levels, and a description of U.S. 
leadership and involvement in international programs, including 
associated contributions and funding efforts.
    In addition, the text discusses U.S. national circumstances that 
affect U.S. vulnerability and responses to climate change. Finally, the 
CAR presents information on the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, 
the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program, our efforts in systematic 
observations, including the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System, 
and our education, training and outreach efforts.

Table of Contents of the draft Fourth U.S. CAR

1. Introduction and overview.
2. National circumstances.
3. Greenhouse gas inventory.
4. Policies and measures.
5. Projected greenhouse gas emissions.
6. Impacts and Adaptation.
7. Financial resources and transfer of technology.
8. Research and systematic observation.
9. Education, training, and outreach.

Public Input Process

    This Federal Register notice solicits comments on the draft 
chapters listed above. The individual chapters are posted on the 
Internet and may be down-loaded from the following Web site: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/climate. Comments may be submitted to the contact 
listed above. Comments on each of the chapters will be due within 14 
days of release.
    The 2002 U.S. Climate Action Report may be viewed or downloaded via 
the Internet at: http://www.gcrio.org/CAR2002/.

    Dated: May 10, 2007.
Drew Nelson,
Acting Director, Office of Global Change, Department of State.
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