To limit global warming to 2 degrees C will require enormous collective effort. China and the U.S. have joined the EU by announcing their targets, and as the world’s top three emitters, the pressure will stay on them to deliver the most ambitious reductions possible.
Event features U.S. and international government officials and international NGO leaders
WASHINGTON — Are countries on track to meet their climate commitments? How effective are specific local or national policies to drive carbon reductions? And will countries’ actions add up to limit warming to under 2 degrees Celsius? These are a few of the questions that two new Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP) standards will help answer.
To stay below a 2-degree Centigrade temperature rise, the world needs to reach global carbon neutrality-no net carbon increases-by the end of the century, according to a new report from the UNEP.
WRI President Andrew Steer shares highlights and tells what needs to be done.
As governments prepare to resume climate negotiations at COP 20, a key issue is the commitments countries are making to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions after 2020.
A new report from the UNEP quantifies the magnitude for those commitments that will be needed in order to have a likely chance of limiting global warming to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), thus preventing some of the most disastrous impacts of climate change.
The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol’s Mitigation Goal Standard, launched today, provides the first-ever standardized approach for designing, assessing, and reporting progress on a variety of national and subnational mitigation goals. The standard can help governments set emissions-reduction targets, meet domestic and international emissions reporting obligations to groups like the UNFCCC, and ensure that efforts to reduce emissions are actually achieving their intended results.
Cities throughout the U.S. are at the forefront of climate change. And many of them have also been at the forefront of climate action, working to adapt to increased flooding from sea-level rise, damages from extreme weather, and other impacts.
Recently the world took two giant steps toward reaching a global agreement to fight climate change in 2015: a landmark U.S.-China accord and a $4.5 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund by the United States and Japan.
But there are some conditions attached.
Why is the recent U.S. pledge to the Green Climate Fund important for a 2015 climate agreement?
The blockbuster climate announcement in Beijing on November 12 unveiled new targets for both China and the United States. The renewed collaboration on climate change could be an historic turning point.