[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 187 (Thursday, September 26, 2013)]
[Pages 59412-59413]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23475]



[Public Notice 8483]

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific 
Affairs; Climate Action Report

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice; request for public comments.


SUMMARY: The purpose of this announcement is to notify interested 
members of the public of the opportunity to submit comments to the 
draft 2014 Climate Action Report (CAR) on U.S. climate change actions. 
This draft CAR consists of two documents, the National Communication 
and the Biennial Report, that respond to reporting requirements under 
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The document 
contains the sixth National Communication, which is provided in 
accordance with Articles 4.2 and 12 of the UNFCCC and accompanying 
decisions. The draft CAR also includes the Biennial Report, which 
summarizes major actions taken to address climate change, covering the 
period up to 2020, and contains additional reporting information as 
specified in decisions 1/CP.16, 2/CP.17 (Annex I), and 19/CP.18. The 
United States submitted the first U.S. CAR to the UNFCCC Secretariat in 
1994, and subsequent reports in 1997, 2002, 2006, and 2010.
    These documents set out major actions the U.S. government is taking 
at the federal level, highlight examples of state and local actions, 
and outline U.S. efforts to assist other countries in addressing 
climate change. Each document meets specific UN reporting requirements, 
resulting in overlap between the documents. This report reflects the 
U.S. Government commitment to the UNFCCC to communicate U.S. actions 
and policies addressing climate change transparently.
    See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for instructions on accessing the 
electronic version of the report, file format requirements for 
submitting comments, and other information about electronic filing.

DATES: The agency must receive comments on or before noon, October 24, 

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to [email protected] using the spreadsheet 
available in the ``Supporting Documents'' section at the U.S. 
Government Regulations.Gov Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home and search on Docket number DOS-2013-0018.
    You may also submit comments using the ``Comment Now!'' button at 
the U.S. Government Regulations.Gov Web site at http://www.regulations.gov/#!home and search on Docket number DOS-2013-0018. 
Please use the spreadsheet

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available in the ``Supporting Documents'' section if practicable.
    Additionally, comments may be sent via postal mail to: CAR6 
Comments, Department of State, Office of Global Change, Harry S. Truman 
Building, Room 2480, 2201 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20520 or via fax 
to: (202) 647-0191.
    Comments will be due within 28 days of publication date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Rakestraw, Office of Global 
Change, U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-3489.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The draft Sixth CAR provides a detailed 
report on U.S. actions to address climate change. This report contains 
descriptions of specific measured and verified actions, outlines of 
broad policy initiatives, and summaries of activities conducted by the 
United States since the Fifth CAR, 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.

Table of Contents of the Draft Sixth U.S. CAR

1. CAR Foreword
2. Biennial Report
3. Executive Summary
4. National Circumstances
5. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
6. Policies & Measures
7. Projected Greenhouse Gas Emissions
8. Vulnerability Assessment, Climate Change Impacts, and Adaptation 
9. Financial Resources and Transfer of Technology
10. Research and Systematic Observation
11. Education, Training, and Outreach

    Two additional items are posted that are not formally part of the 
CAR: (1) The non-CO2 projections methodology document for chapter 5; 
and (2) the ``with additional measures'' methodologies for the Biennial 

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 downloaded from the following Web site: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/climate/ccreport2014/index.htm

     Dated: September 19, 2013.
Trigg Talley,
Director, Office of Global Change, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2013-23475 Filed 9-25-13; 8:45 am]