The new US commitment to tackling climate change is a serious and achievable plan. The country will double its rate of emissions cuts between 2020 and 2025, reducing emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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In response to the United States’ submission of its proposed climate action plan to the United Nations, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC), World Resources Institute board members released the following statements:
Felipe Calderón, former President of México, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and Board Member, WRI:
The United States submitted its proposed climate action plan, known as its “intended nationally determined contribution” (INDC) for inclusion in the global climate agreement to be finalized in Paris this December. The proposal includes a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions between 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, Global Director, Climate Program, WRI:
As the world’s second largest emitter, an ambitious and comprehensive INDC from the US could help inspire greater climate action internationally. Here's a closer look at what the US is likely to propose.
Boston received 98 inches of snow this season, California faces an epic drought and the American West experienced warmer-than-average temperatures.
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Today, President Obama released his 2016 Budget Request outlining the administration’s spending plans for the coming fiscal year. The request includes $500 million in funding for the Green Climate Fund, and $230 million for the Climate Investment Funds. The budget allocation to the Green Climate Fund is part of the $3 billion pledge the U.S. made in November 2014, while $230 million requested for the Climate Investment Funds would complete a commitment made under the Bush Administration in 2008.
Today at the U.S.-China Symposium on Energy Performance Contracting in Beijing, the Chinese and U.S. governments announced a new pilot program that could reduce Chinese buildings' energy use. The program seeks to build momentum for energy performance contracting (EPC), a renovation model where a building owner can work with a private company to install efficient technologies, and then use the cost savings from reduced energy consumption to pay for the efficiency upgrades. While EPCs are already used regularly in the United States, the pilot project will help expand the model in China as a way to curb emissions and save money.