The great twin challenges of the 21st century — development and climate change — are nowhere sharper than in India, and within India they are perhaps nowhere more vivid than Mumbai. So it’s appropriate that WRI India has its largest office in the rapidly transforming former industrial core of India’s largest, richest city.
As the world’s third-largest emitter and a country that’s highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, it is encouraging to witness India invest in actions to tackle climate change while addressing poverty, food security and access to healthcare and education.
This week Brazil formally submitted its climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The country’s INDC comes on the heels of joint climate change declarations it’s made in recent months with China, Germany and the United States, showing that the country is committed to a creating a successful international climate agreement in Paris later this year.
Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time.
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris in December with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before. But what is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris?
China committed to establish a national emissions-trading program, while the United States announced new actions to help reduce its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
Two new papers from the Open Climate Network find that with further ambitious actions, China can peak its emissions at a lower level than planned, with lower cumulative emissions than initially thought.
Brazil formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The plan includes a commitment to reduce GHG emissions 37% by 2025 and 43% by 2030 – both below 2005 levels. The plan also includes a goal to eliminate illegal deforestation and restore and restore 12 million hectares of land, as well as increase use of renewable energy.
President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States comes at a moment of high tension in Sino-U.S. relations. But amid uncertainty around China's economy and acrimony on cybersecurity, at least one issue holds promise for positive collaboration: climate change.
Graphics based on data from WRI's CAIT Climate Data Explorer answer questions like: How have emissions changed over time? Which human activities contribute the most emissions? And who are the world's biggest emitters?