When he took the oath of office on December 12, Guterres told the UN General Assembly that he believed the momentum around the Paris Agreement is unstoppable. Now it is up to us to not only move forward, but accelerate our efforts to tackle challenges for which there is a window of diminishing opportunity.
Every UN climate negotiation brings with it a litany of jargon that even experts struggle to understand. Our jargon cheat sheet explains the buzzwords to watch at the latest round of negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco and their implications for curbing climate change.
Delivering on the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals will be hugely challenging, but new WRI analysis finds there is much greater alignment between these two agendas than we may realize.
The United States and China formally joined the Paris Agreement in a ceremony in Hangzhou, China ahead of the G20 Summit. The move brings the world firmly within range of hitting the threshold needed for the climate agreement to "enter into force"—which could happen as soon as this month.
You can’t change what you can’t measure. That’s true whether you’re talking about losing weight, improving your race time or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
When it comes to climate action, measuring countries’ emissions and the progress they make toward reducing them is critical for evaluating whether the world is on track to limit temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C. Measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions and emissions reductions is necessary to ensure that efforts to combat climate change are paying off.
The Paris Climate Agreement will only take effect once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions formally join it. Recent action from Cameroon, Brazil, Iran and Ukraine make it more likely that will happen this year.
The United States and India have either created or ramped up 15 bilateral programs on climate change and clean energy over the past two years. The state visit next week is an opportunity to further advance the countries' collaboration in three areas.