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.
The Climate Policy Implementation Tracking Framework is a policy tool that allows users to track the adoption and implementation of climate mitigation policies.
Next steps in the landmark climate action agreement between the U.S. and China will be important, but this accord signals a huge move forward for climate action—globally.
The final installment of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released on November 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following three reports by IPCC Working Groups released over the past year, the synthesis report is the most exhaustive and authoritative climate study to date.
Following is a statement by Jennifer Morgan, Director, Climate and Energy Programs, World Resources Institute:
The IPCC reports are the most comprehensive, authoritative consensus on climate change. Check out nine findings that illustrate how the trends documented in the IPCC continue to take a toll, and in some cases, may be underestimated.