More than 150 heads of state converged in Paris to kick off COP21 climate negotiations and show their resolve to tackle the climate challenge. In their opening speeches, leaders made it clear that they came to act. Many national leaders from developing and developed countries joined together to launch major new initiatives, some in partnership with the private sector.
More than ever, governments, companies and civil society organizations are committing to ambitious goals to protect the world’s remaining forests and combat emissions from deforestation. Political commitments to reduce deforestation include the Sustainable Development Goals, the New York Declaration on Forests, the...
If we want the public to understand whether the billions of dollars spent on fuel subsidies are the best use of their taxes, we need better, more transparent data on how much countries are spending.
Last week, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board met for its last meeting before the upcoming climate talks in Paris. Countries created the GCF to be the main global fund for climate finance, and as such, it could play a vital role in delivering the goals of an agreement in Paris. If the GCF is to be a key player in the future climate regime, it needs to show that it can effectively spend money. Is it up to the task?
With a pivotal climate summit in Paris just weeks away, a new far-reaching survey by the Pew Research Center shows widespread support for a global agreement to tackle this challenge.
Evidence From Brazil and Guatemala
This Working Paper presents the economic costs and benefits of securing community forestland rights in Brazil and Guatemala.
This fact sheet examines how Pennsylvania can use its existing policies and infrastructure to meet its emission standards under the Clean Power Plan while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability, and harnessing economic opportunities. Read about additional analyses in WRI's fact sheet...
The world’s legally recognized community forests hold about 37 billion tonnes of carbon, about 29 times the annual carbon footprint of all the passenger vehicles in the world.
The UNFCCC secretariat released a major report aggregating greenhouse gas emission reductions captured from 146 countries that submitted their national plans (or INDCs) as of October 1, 2015. These countries represent 86 percent of global emissions. Additional countries have submitted their national plans since October 1 and will continue to do so. The report finds that the INDCs represent a substantial slowdown in emissions growth achieved in a cost-effective way. Yet, countries will need to take additional actions to reduce emissions further before 2030.
After key negotiations in Bonn, we're in the homestretch to COP21, the pivotal global meeting in Paris in December where countries will agree on a new international climate agreement. Negotiators made significant progress at Bonn, but a strong COP21 outcome requires a much more vigorous pace.