Description: Burney Falls National Natural Landmark, CA; Photo by: Jim
Shoemaker, NNL Photo Contest Winner

Climate Change is one of the greatest threats facing our planet, and the United States is taking significant action to meet this challenge. Under President Obama, the U.S. has done more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than ever before, and is demonstrating its commitment to lead through robust domestic action including historic investments in clean energy, stringent vehicle and appliance efficiency standards, and comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation that is making its way through Congress.

But no nation can solve this crisis on its own. Climate change is a global challenge that demands a global solution. The U.S. is engaging allies and partners around the world to forge the necessary international response and to achieve a successful outcome at the UNFCCC conference in Copenhagen.

Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern led the U.S. delegation during COP-15, December 7-18, 2009. Other U.S. departments and agencies joined the Department of State on the delegation, including the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Transportation, and Treasury; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Trade Representative; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The U.S. delegation also included officials from the National Security Council and the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and Members of Congress. Secretary Clinton and President Obama were also in attendance.