Most climate change solutions focus on mitigation—ways to slash emissions as quickly as possible, such as by adopting renewable energy. But research shows these aren't enough. To prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the world will need to reach net-negative emissions, a point at which we're actually removing more carbon from the air than we're putting in.
The annual Emissions Gap Report looks at the difference between the emissions reductions countries have promised and those needed to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Bottom line? The gap is considerable.
Six countries -- Benin, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and the United States -- have already shared their long-term strategies for long-term climate action. They offer some lessons for other countries that are about to do the same.
An uptick in deforestation and other derailments have climate watchers concerned about Brazil's greenhouse gas emissions. But leadership from states, grassroots and civil society suggest the ship will be righted.
As climate negotiators met in Bonn this week, Indian Energy Minister Shri Piyush Goyal offered a bold assertion, saying India would stand by its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement "irrespective of what happens in the rest of the world." Here's a progress report on India's progress toward its renewable energy goals.
Mexico is establishing a carbon price in order to reduce its emissions 22 percent below 2000 levels by 2030; 50 percent by 2050. As other countries like China and Singapore pursue similar plans, they can learn from Mexico's progress.