While climate change threatens virtually every community on Earth, adaptation efforts to date have been largely small-scale.
The final Clean Power Plan is an important step for the United States to meet its 2020 and 2025 emissions-reduction targets, but the nation will need additional steps that continue accelerating these trends in the power sector and across the economy to achieve its goals.
While the public focus is often on mitigation – how much countries are willing to reduce emissions, by when and with what degree of transparency – adaptation to the impacts of climate change demands the same level of attention.
Countries responsible for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions have now released their post-2020 climate action plans. How do they stack up, and what impact will they have in reining in warming?
The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants.
A new data visualization reveals that only 10 states are responsible for nearly 50 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA will soon release emissions standards for existing power plants, the single-largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015)— Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations including Apple Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. joined White House officials today to announce at least $140 billion in low-carbon investments from the private sector. WRI has worked with many of these companies on climate and energy issues through its Corporate Consultative Group and other working groups.
In one of the least aggressive climate action plans of any developed country to date, Japan announced its commitment to reduce its emissions 26 percent below 2013 levels by 2030.
Action from the world's two largest emitters, which together account for 38 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, should inspire greater climate commitments from other nations.