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Conflict in the Middle East and Africa is driving a human tsunami that has sent 500,000 people into Europe this year in the worst migration crisis since World War II. Beyond the conflict, however, there is another contributing factor: water scarcity.
This chart uses historical GHG emissions data and the targets and timetables in submitted pre-2020 pledges (for 2020 reductions) and INDCs to estimate the average annual change in emissions (decarbonization rate) from 2020-2030.
This chart presents each target against each chosen base year to help facilitate easy comparisons.
Businesses can help move international climate action forward through direct interventions in their own operations and by creating a surround sound of support. Global Director of WRI's Business Center Kevin Moss lays out a five-point checklist.
A rare solar eclipse earlier this month threatened electricity blackouts in renewable energy-heavy Europe. When operators kept the lights on, they proved that the grid is ready for a clean energy future.
Bonn, Germany (March 21, 2015)– Since 2011, countries participating in the Bonn Challenge have restored more than 60 million hectares of forests and landscapes and are on track to meet an ambitious global restoration goal of 150 million hectares by 2020. Environment ministers from around the world marked the significant progress at the second international Bonn Challenge conference in Germany on March 20 – 21.
The EU's announcement of its post-2020 climate commitment, i.e. INDCs, advances their path to a low-carbon future, but there are ways its pledge could be better.
The European Union issued its official proposed national climate action commitment, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) to the forthcoming global climate agreement. The EU set a binding, economy-wide reduction target of at least 40% reductions in its domestic emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, as well as a call for a regular review and strengthening of mitigation commitments consistent with a long-term goal to curb emissions.
The draft proposal calls for the EU to cut emissions at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, as well as for a gradual increase in reductions from the current target of 20 percent by 2020.