The WRI analysis shows that if Virginia achieves its current goals to improve efficiency and increase use of renewable energy while also making more efficient use of existing natural gas plants, the state can decrease carbon emissions from Virginia’s power sector by 43 percent below 2012 levels by 2030 – well beyond the state’s mass-based target of 23 percent reductions required under the Clean Power Plan.
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Today India formally submitted its national climate plan (INDC) to the UNFCCC. The plan includes a commitment to reduce emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030, and create an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide through additional forest and tree cover by 2030.
France and the UK announced increases in the amount of climate finance they will be providing in the coming years. France committed to increase its climate finance by €2 billion a year (around US$2.25 billion) to deliver a total of €5 billion a year by 2020, and the UK announced it will provide £5.8 billion (around US$8.8 billion) from its foreign aid budget for climate finance between 2016 and 2021. The announcements came during the summit launching the Sustainable Development Goals and heads of state meeting at the UN General Assembly.
On Wednesday, September 30 at 9:30 AM ET, World Resources Institute will host a press teleconference featuring Jennifer Morgan, global climate director, David Waskow, international climate director and Taryn Fransen, Open Climate Network director, to offer insights on these questions and other major developments at this critical point just two months before the Paris climate summit.
Brazil formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The plan includes a commitment to reduce GHG emissions 37% by 2025 and 43% by 2030 – both below 2005 levels. The plan also includes a goal to eliminate illegal deforestation and restore and restore 12 million hectares of land, as well as increase use of renewable energy.
Presidents Obama and Xi are demonstrating courageous leadership on climate change. Both countries are moving forward with on-the-ground action to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy. They’re also laying the cornerstone for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris.
South Africa formally submitted its national climate plan to the United Nations’ climate talks today. The plan includes a pledge to arrest its rising greenhouse gas emissions between 2020 and 2025 and plateau emissions for a decade for beginning to cut them. South Africa also had a robust adaptation section that compared the need for adaptation to potential levels of global emissions.
Indonesia’s national commitment is encouraging and demonstrates the country’s seriousness to address this complex global challenge. The government has taken positive steps in the process of developing the INDC, but can be further improved with more details to ensure the plan’s effectiveness.
WASHINGTON (September 24, 2015)—This morning, Pope Francis was the first sitting pope to address the U.S. Congress. He delivered a strong message to U.S. elected officials and people across the country.
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