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Limiting Temperature Rise to 2°C Is Still Possible—and it Pays to Do So

Staying on world’s current emissions trajectory will cost 3.5-4 percent of global GDP by 2100 and then continue to rise, thanks to damages incurred by unmitigated sea level rise, extreme weather, and other impacts. On the other hand, a draft paper from the Agreement for Climate Transformation 2015 (ACT 2015) initiative lays out three ways countries can forge an international climate action plan that limits global temperature rise to 2°C. These strategies would only cost about 1.5-2 percent of global GDP by 2100—factoring in mitigation and adaptation costs, damage caused by climate impacts, and some co-benefits—and would yield further economic benefits over the long term.

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3 Key Themes from the Bonn Climate Talks

After nearly two weeks of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Bonn, the pathway to Paris and the new international climate agreement to be agreed there at the end of 2015 is beginning to emerge.

At this mid-year negotiating session held between the annual summits that take place in December, climate negotiators began to discuss key issues, particularly the framework for the national offers that individual countries will make (their “intended nationally determined contributions”).

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Clarifying the UNFCCC National Adaptation Plan Process

As governments and citizens look for ways to reduce the risks they face from climate change, one option at their disposal is the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process developed under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Heather McGray draws on her experience at the Experts Meeting on the NAP Technical Guidelines in Tanzania to explain key features of the NAP process.

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Florida’s Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise Attracts Congressional Attention

As coastal communities across the United States continue to fall victim to drought, coastal flooding, and other impacts of extreme weather and climate change, leaders at the metropolitan and federal levels are beginning to take action. Yet, Congressional action is an essential but missing piece to comprehensively addressing climate change.

However, Florida's continuing sea-level rise vulnerability suggests Congress may shift its attention to climate impacts.

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What Is the Role for Transformation in Adaptation?

Transformation is a word we use so often in our daily lives that it seems strange to stop and think about what it really means. But in adaptation circles, the definition and role of transformation has recently become a hot topic of conversation, in part because transformational change was an important theme of the recent IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.

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Making Adaptation Finance Work

Recently, WRI hosted a roundtable on Adaptation Finance in Washington, D.C., bringing together experts in development and climate finance to discuss this challenge: Countries and donors are mobilizing hundreds of millions of dollars to help people adapt to a changing climate. How do they get it to the local communities that need it most?

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Key Points on Climate Adaptation from the New IPCC Report

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—released last night—reveals several findings that decision-makers can keep in mind—both in order to understand current and future climate impacts, as well as develop strategies to help societies become more resilient to them. Here are a few takeaways that can inform the future of climate change adaptation:

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4 Ways the Green Climate Fund Can Make Its Investments Count

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has big ambitions: It aspires to become the main global fund for providing climate change finance, contributing to activities like the design of resilient cities and the expansion of low-emission power generation.

While the GCF Board should be ambitious and innovative, they can also look to what’s been done before. Drawing knowledge from the experiences of other critical climate and development funds is one way to ensure that the GCF succeeds.

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