Countries' new climate plans will substantially bend the global emissions trajectory, but they still don't go far enough to limit warming to 2 degrees C and avoid some of the worst climate impacts.
HAMPTON, N.H. (October 24, 2015)– Coastal flooding is growing more dangerous and costly for people and businesses along America’s shorelines, according to a bipartisan group of local elected officials who spoke at a national summit on the issue today. The Rising Tides summit brought more than 35 mayors and local elected officials to Hampton, N.H., to discuss strategies to cope with increasingly severe coastal flooding amplified by sea level rise.
Mayors from across the U.S. political spectrum will gather in New Hampshire later this month to discuss ways to help their communities deal with rising seas, recurring coastal floods and the need for more leadership and support at the state and national levels.
As national leaders gather in New York for Climate Week, many of the world’s 500 largest companies are already considering their impact on Earth’s climate. Eighty percent of them have set targets to reduce their climate-warming emissions.
The Science-Based Targets initiative aims to enlist 100 companies in 2015 to commit to setting greenhouse gas reduction targets based on the latest climate science. These targets can help prevent the worst impacts of climate change while safeguarding businesses' profitability.
The latest climate science shows us what needs to happen to global emissions to have a likely chance of limiting warming to 2°C, but how do we translate these global numbers to the national level? How can a country design a contribution that is aligned with science when the 2 degree goal will be determined by the actions by all countries?
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.
WASHINGTON (November 17, 2014) — Today, the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience released a report on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force, which is composed of 26 mayors, governors, tribal leaders, and other local officials, was established a year ago by President Obama to support the U.S. Climate Action Plan.
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: